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Old 2017-08-21, 19:05   #89
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We peaked ~75% here in the SF Bay area. First thing I noticed (at ~50% occultation) was that I needed to turn my bathroom light on to shave - normally enough light comes in the window at that time of day to allow me to do that by natural light. Headed out right around the peak at 10:15, it was plenty light out but had that odd 'silvery' quality I've become familiar with from similar partial eclipses in the past. (E.g. one in the mid-90s, when I lived in NE Ohio, which had a similar level of occultation at that location.) On the way ran into some neighbors, briefly borrowed a pair of cardboard eclipse-viewers from them, got a nice view of the 'crescent sun'.

No one organized any human sacrifices in my area, though, rather a disappointment compared to eclipses past.
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Old 2017-08-21, 20:12   #90
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No one organized any human sacrifices in my area, though, rather a disappointment compared to eclipses past.
I posted to a local blog a warning. https://barbadosunderground.wordpres...ect-your-eyes/

Thankfully it rained during the eclipse.
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Old 2017-08-21, 20:42   #91
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That was a hell of a thing
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Old 2017-08-21, 20:50   #92
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On the way ran into some neighbors, briefly borrowed a pair of cardboard eclipse-viewers from them, got a nice view of the 'crescent sun'.

No one organized any human sacrifices in my area, though, rather a disappointment compared to eclipses past.
Hmm, those human sacrifices never made the news

I used a "pinhole projector" made from a cardboard box to view the eclipse safely, though indirectly (I wasn't in the path of totality).

Unfortunately, I only had a small box handy, so the image wasn't very big. Still, it was more than adequate to see the sun turning from a circular disc to a crescent, then back to circular again.

The speckles of light that get through foliage, etc also give "pinhole projector" images of the sun's disc (or crescent, during an eclipse).
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Old 2017-08-21, 21:53   #93
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At work we got to observe from the roof deck. Unfortunately, nearly solid overcast developed right about the local time of contact. There were glimpses. One coworker made a pinhole camera from a cereal box, and there were cardboard glasses about. I saw through some glasses after max occlusion.
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Old 2017-08-21, 23:12   #94
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Hi Mersenneforum,

I witnessed the eclipse through glasses and it looked cool. I didn't get any pictures.

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Old 2017-08-22, 00:06   #95
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No one organized any human sacrifices in my area, though, rather a disappointment compared to eclipses past.
There was a very nice suggestion on Twitter which you in the US should follow:
https://twitter.com/jdlasica/status/899692155383328772
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Old 2017-08-22, 02:23   #96
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It seems that the ancient Maya culture much preferred to sacrifice kings or other high-ranking captives who came from rival cities.

It is a funny tweet, though.
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We waited until 4th contact to leave and have been in the worst traffic I have ever seen. Will have been 7 hours to go what took us 1 and 40 to go in the morning. Still worth it.
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Old 2017-08-22, 13:47   #99
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I went to Madras OR. Awesome experience totality was so cool. I was actually with 100 yards of the line of maximum totality at that longitude. And also just milliseconds away from 2' 02" standard. I'll try posting pictures if I figure how to do that. Then 4 hours of hell on hwy 26 to Portland. Not fun at all.
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