The Great Eclipse – Your Live Reports & Comments!

If you decide to just stay home, there will be extensive television and cyber coverage:

Stella’s previous posts re the eclipse:

Caution: The Solar Eclipse

Don’t wreck your car during the eclipse (and other advice)

Eclipse Of The Century – Late to the party?

 

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159 Responses to The Great Eclipse – Your Live Reports & Comments!

  1. nyetneetot says:

    Uh…. not seeing anything yet. Maybe I should wait until I’m near a window to report though. Hold on…..

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  2. czarowniczy says:

    I am still a bit confused as the news is reporting that the eclipse will move across the US at the ‘average’ speed of 2400 MPH. What, will it move slower/faster in some areas? Some rich folks paid to have it slowed down at the viewing expense of the proles?

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  3. stella says:

    The Weather Channel’s Total Solar Eclipse Coverage

    LIVE Now

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  4. lovely says:

    Hazy here but very very bright. One dog is still sound asleep the other one is on high alert.

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    • Very hazy here, too. I’ll be on the pier in two hours.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Cumulus clouds starting to build in from the south, 50% chance of rain today. May grt sone cloud breaks but we’ll at least get ‘dark’ part.
        Watching students at Clemson University launching two large poofy balloons to get a perspective of the eclipse above the clouds…what stands out is the group of students holding the yellow tape to keep spectators out of the liftoff area are wearing protective helmets. Is it just me or have the dangers of being bumped by a large, squishy bag of lighter-than-air stuff been over estimated?

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        • czarowniczy says:

          Ahhhhh, wait…..they’re explaining the balloons are going up to about 90-thousand feet before the instrument package will be cut loose and return to earth. I can see wearing a plastic construction zone helmet if that package nails you from that height… but what about the spectators in the stadium they’re launching from?

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    • Wooly Covfefe says:

      I hope you didn’t damage your camera taking that. Nice pic, BTW.

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      • lovely says:

        I didn’t. Very quick shutter speed. I take lots of pictures and read the warning about taking photos.

        Clouds are getting thicker here.

        I took both of these pictures after the first picture I posted.

        (From my Rose of Sharon Bush.)

        More clouds moving in.

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  5. nyetneetot says:

    Ok. I’ve got a window with a Sothern view. Let me check…. Big volcano…check…. cloudless sky in Seattle…. Mostly check….. Sun…. sun….. sun…. Oh there it is ARRGGAGA!!!! MY EYES!!!! AAAARRRGGG!!!!
    Sorry I poked myself with the sunglasses while putting them on. Ah, man that stings..

    Sun… check..

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  6. Menagerie says:

    My boxes work. Nothing really to see yet, but I checked them out to be sure I had done everything right. Which even I could mess up.

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    • nyetneetot says:

      I’m game for trying a bag on my head, but I don’t know if I trust anyone to stab holes in it so I can see the sun.

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      • Wooly Covfefe says:

        I won’t recommend my 85-YO barber. He’s nicked my ear more than once. I’m always understanding. I know what that spinning barber pole actually derives from. Blood-soaked rags. He’s traditional.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Put the bag on your head, reach up under it and place a piece of puncture resistant material vetween your eyes and the bag and have a licenced and local-goverment approved technician make the holes with an approved hole poking thingie.
        You can take the boy out of the government…

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      • joshua says:

        I wish Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, and Maxine Waters would do the old bag on their head deal. Double Baggers.

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  7. Wooly Covfefe says:

    At 11:21, here, I will have to avoid looking at Michael Moore. He’s so fat he has other, less fat bodies orbiting him. (That’s an old yo momma joke, but the shoe fits.)

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    • Wooly Covfefe says:

      2:21, that is.

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    • lovely says:

      I am really really hoping that President Trump tweets something like this “What’s happening!! Hey Rosie O get away from the sun you’re causing the whole world to go dark!”

      I imagine that would give several MSM outright brain spasms and buy Trump a full month to do whatever the heck he wanted in DC while the nutters all ran around sniffing fainting salts.

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  8. auscitizenmom says:

    I’m watching NASA and they keep talking like this starts in Oregon. Doesn’t the sun rise in the EAST? What am I missing?

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  9. stella says:

    Are solar eclipses proof of God?
    Eric Metaxas

    The math.

    So this sort of thing doesn’t happen anywhere else in our solar system. But our planet has just one moon that happens to be just the right size and just the right distance from Earth.

    Of course what this all meant was simply that these immemorially ancient and vast objects, though as different in size as a single BB and a super gigantic beach ball — one that was over six feet in diameter — would from our perspective here on Earth seem almost precisely the same size. So if they ever just happened to align in the sky, they would match up perfectly. Not almost perfectly. But perfectly, and bizarrely so.

    What might be the odds of this just happening randomly? Almost all the planets in our solar system have no moons or many moons (Jupiter has 60) of incredibly varying sizes. So this sort of thing doesn’t happen anywhere else in our solar system. But our planet has just one moon that happens to be just the right size and just the right distance from Earth.

    I found the precision necessary for all of this unbelievable. The more I thought about it, the more I knew that there was no way this could be a mere coincidence. It seemed almost planned. In fact, it seemed utterly planned, as all things of such precision must be.

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  10. czarowniczy says:

    Weather Channel is answering questions from viewers…my fav so far is “can I drive during an eclipse?” No wonder Hillary got so many votes.

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  11. Col.(R) Ken says:

    Setup, location: 33* 9′ 36″ N / 80* 7′ 62″ W. sun is at my zenith, fracked with scope.
    Moon is to faint to see.
    Moon will be visible here 1415EST, then begins the movement acros Sun.
    Totally is 1426EST for 2:48
    Air temp 88* with cumulus clouds passing

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  12. lovely says:

    Our shadows are very light because of the clouds.

    My not so regal dog in my not so regal chair 🙂 .

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  13. czarowniczy says:

    ‘Dear Weather Channel, what happens if you are already blind and look directly at the eclipse?’

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  14. lovely says:

    The best eclipse watching song.

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  15. nyetneetot says:

    Hello 911 operator, I’d like to report a large group of people standing on the freeway overpasses just staring up at the sun. …. I don’t know what their doing. I realize this is Seattle and people don’t see the sun that often, but this is a little extreme. They are just standing there staring, and some of them have on 3D movie glasses. …. Yeah, even some of the dogs have them. …. It’s creepy. Can you send a car and see if their OK. I worry they might start jumping off the overpass or something.
    …. You know, they might be evil Trump supporters gathering together without a permit….. Oh, yes. I think a armored car and SWAT team response would work better. Can I recommend using the teargas grenades from a distance? Nice. OK, no, no need to call back. I’m just worried for the dogs welfare you see.
    You too.
    Bye.

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  16. stella says:

    My daughter and family driving towards totality. May not make it (construction). Last report (40 minutes ago) they were near Effingham, IL.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Tell her yo be dareful, might hit one of those Weather Channel reporters standing in the middle of the road, overcome with emotion from the eclipse. Can’t tell if they’re tearing up from the event or that modern music they were playing during the Jackson Hole reporting.

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    • stella says:

      They made it with 14 minutes to spare! Comment: It’s worth it!

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  17. stella says:

    Another 23 minutes to our max eclipse. Getting darker.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      The gods of Weather Channel scorn me for my mockery. We have one north-south band of clouds in the sky just covering the sun. Can’t tell much difference from a regular cloudy afternoon. Chickens still scratching in the lawn and gracing the driveway with repurposed grasshoppers.

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  18. Jacqueline Taylor Robson says:

    Good Lord! I was watching from Fox news, but Shepherd Smith keeps having fits of some sort, got to change it to something local! I used my metal colander for a look, it worked! This is a fun day!

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  19. czarowniczy says:

    Oooooooksy…totality, or what passed as such, passed with it looking like it did when the cloyd passed over the sun. Temp did drop from 95 to 88 but that was that.

    Chickens did get to see the cantori report on it from the Asian Feather Channel:

    Long way to go for a light pun but then that’s sorta how I feel about this eclipse thing.

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  20. auscitizenmom says:

    Okay, I have a question. I you are going to take a picture of the eclipse, why would you use a flash? I noticed the crowd at Clemson had flashes going off all over. SMH

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  21. czarowniczy says:

    I always had my doubts about folks who, seated high in the stands at the Super Dome, took flash pictures of the plays on the field. I’m now watching the crowd at Clemson taking flash pictures of the eclipse.

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  22. I’ll have SH Lighthouse eclipse pics tonight. My phone battery died at 2:15, two minutes before fullest. I got some good shots. Laying on my back, right under the lighthouse. I have to be at work in 15 minutes, though.

    I took some tips on my camera settings from that NASA link, Stella. Excellent info there, about settings I didn’t even know I had on my app. Way better than the auto setting presets.

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    • ImpeachEmAll says:

      Where’s that strange device (battery charger) before an important event (solar eclipse) when you really need it? 😉

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  23. Jacqueline Taylor Robson says:

    Well, just “Oh Wow”! I got 2 mosquito bites, and picked a ripe fig coming in. What a day!
    It really was a sight to see when it went total. All of my neighbours dogs went wild, but didn’t hear any roosters.

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  24. Menagerie says:

    The deal with the trees as filters works! cool!

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  25. stella says:

    Family in Benton, IL after the eclipse:

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  26. Wooly Covfefe says:

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  27. lovely says:

    Now look at what the NYP’s has done, they probably will have all the loons excited that President Trump is going to go blind with this misleading headline, picture and story.

    Trump looked directly at the solar eclipse without shades”

    President Trump defied expert advice Monday by peering directly into the sun as the solar eclipse passed over Washington, DC.

    Trump was photographed taking in the historic event from the White House with his son Barron and first lady Melania, who threw on a pair of black shades.

    The trio walked out onto the Blue Room balcony just before 2:40 p.m., as the president gesticulated to the crowd below and looked up — directly at the sun — while pointing at the sky.

    As he did so, a White House aide shouted, “Don’t look!”

    About a minute later, Trump put on a pair of protective sunglasses to watch the peak of the eclipse for about 90 seconds.

    http://nypost.com/2017/08/21/trump-looked-directly-at-the-solar-eclipse-without-shades/

    This is what actually happened.

    What Jim Acosta saw while watching the eclipse.

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  28. joshua says:

    well…..only mad dogs and Englishmen…go out in the Noonday Sun……

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  29. stella says:

    My DD took this photo on the way back from the Total Eclipse in southern Illinois:

    With this caption: Showing us “god’s eye” was not enough; mother sun had an encore.

    Full double rainbow.

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