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Eclipse fever!!!

VastmindVastmind Memphis, TN Veteran
edited August 13 in General Banter

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun.

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-who-what-where-when-and-how

My house is full of science and astronomy heads...and we are READY! Watch/viewing parties are planned all over here in Memphis.
We're going to Shelby Farms. Picnic lunch at noon...then the sky show...

Anyone here got plans? Are you in the path? Watching the NASA live stream? Or the Science Channel coverage?

Here's the link to NASA stream/tv when the time comes...
https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/#public

🌚🌝

Davidperson

Comments

  • silversilver In the beginning there was nothing, and then it exploded. USA, Left coast. Veteran

    Thx for the links - it's on my calendar now. B)

    Vastmind
  • karastikarasti Breathing Minnesota Veteran

    I hope you guys have a blast!! We will get around 70%, my son (goes back to college this weekend and is farther south than us) will get around 80%. He was prepared to travel to see totality, but classes start that day and you can't miss first class without getting dropped, so he's out of luck there. We'll be watching weather permitting of course.

  • SpinyNormanSpinyNorman It's still all old bollocks Veteran

    A clear night sky with no light pollution? Sheer luxury! :p

  • VastmindVastmind Memphis, TN Veteran
    edited August 14

    @karasti said:
    ....... We'll be watching weather permitting of course.

    Ain't that the truth! its still up in the air if some leftover showers and clouds from the weekend will roll over on Monday.

  • VastmindVastmind Memphis, TN Veteran
    edited August 14

    @SpinyNorman said:
    A clear night sky with no light pollution? Sheer luxury! :p

    I think you mean a clear day sky with no sunlight pollution, hahaha.

    Same difference. :mrgreen:

  • VastmindVastmind Memphis, TN Veteran

    One more geek out about it....

    Any stamp collectors here? The eclipse stamp is awesome!! All the post offices sold out here quickly, and it became a hunt finding them. I Finally just went to USPS and ordered online.

    What makes the stamp itself special is that it’s the first in U.S. history to be printed using thermochromic ink, which means it responds to changes in temperature. As you press your finger on the stamp, the image of a solar eclipse—based on a photograph from March 29, 2006, shot in Libya—becomes an image of the moon. It reverts to the original image as it cools back down.

    karastisilver
  • gracklegrackle Veteran

    Thanks for the info on the eclipse stamp. Getting a few is most certainly on my list.

    Vastmind
  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Moderator

    This might just bring about a revival of sending someone a nice letter via snail-mail.... miracles happen!! :D

    Vastmindsilver
  • VastmindVastmind Memphis, TN Veteran
    edited August 14

    @federica said:
    This might just bring about a revival of sending someone a nice letter via snail-mail.... miracles happen!! :D

    Stamps are part of my love for stationary. I try to match the stamp to the occasion or the card/envelope. <3 :glasses:

    karasti
  • karastikarasti Breathing Minnesota Veteran

    That's awesome @Vastmind I didn't know about that!
    Canada is celebrating their 150 years (I think it's 150) and they have a bunch of coins that glow in the dark. So cool. I was amazed at the collections of coins they have to offer Sheesh the US is boring!

    I'm kind of sad that I won't be able to see the eclipse with my son. He's SO excited about it, i hope he goes with his roomates or a campus group and doesn't just do it alone. He lives for those kinds of experiences, and I wish I could be there with him for all of them, lol. Not in a creepy mom kind of way ;) But just because he prefers to experience them with others and isn't great about expanding his social circle so he can meet other people to do it. Makes me kind of sad to think about him watching it alone.

    Vastmind
  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Moderator
    edited August 14

    @Vastmind said: Stamps are part of my love for stationary. I try to match the stamp to the occasion or the card/envelope. <3 :glasses:

    Stationary = not moving.
    Stationery - paper, envelopes, cards etc.

    It's a very common error. I have even had to correct my company's official website to this matter!

    (Don't hate me. I'm just helping! :D )

    karastiVastmindKerome
  • VastmindVastmind Memphis, TN Veteran
    edited August 14

    @Federica

    You got me! :3

    You ARE good!!! hahaha....and yes, helpful!.... I'll remember it from now on...

    If I love something, I should know how to spell it, hahaha.

  • karastikarasti Breathing Minnesota Veteran

    sometimes, I love stationary, too, especially after being in the car for hours! I totally understand loving stationery as well. I love a nice pen, nice paper, I even have a wax sealing kit that I use :glasses:

    Vastmind
  • silversilver In the beginning there was nothing, and then it exploded. USA, Left coast. Veteran

    @karasti said, "He lives for those kinds of experiences, and I wish I could be there with him for all of them, lol. Not in a creepy mom kind of way..."

    creepy mom?! O.o
    I'm sorry, @karasti, but there is no. such. thing. :innocent:

    karasti
  • karastikarasti Breathing Minnesota Veteran

    @silver :lol: from my point of view, I agree. From his, not so much! I mostly meant that there are things he experiences that he doesn't want me for, and I totally get and respect that.

    silver
  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Moderator
    edited August 14

    @silver said: ... creepy mom?! O.o
    I'm sorry, @karasti, but there is no. such. thing. :innocent:

    I disagree. There ARE some Moms who are definitely 'creepy'.
    Like those Moms who push their 5-year-old daughters into Beauty Pageants?

    Or those women who refer to their cute little yappy lap dogs as their babies, giving them pink-tinted fur and nail-varnish manicures, clothes an jewellery?

    Yeah, creepy Moms DO exist.
    No, @karasti isn't one of them....

  • silversilver In the beginning there was nothing, and then it exploded. USA, Left coast. Veteran

    I hadn't thought of that one (moms who push their daughters in beauty pageants) - definitely.

    I was thinking more in terms of nosy moms - but I wish I had been more nosy with my son. Trouble is, one doesn't know if it would/could help or not, in the long run.

    I agree, @karasti isn't one of them. B)

    karasti
  • personperson Where is my mind? 'Merica! Veteran
    edited August 16

    My mom and my niece visited last night and the eclipse came up. My mom mentioned that one of her cousins who lives in Missouri is in the path for the total eclipse and that she invited my Mom to come, but it was a 10 hour drive. So I said I'm not too busy with work I'd like to go and my mom asked my niece if she'd want to go. And so somehow it sounds like the three of us and anyone else who might want to will take a road trip Sunday, have an eclipse day Monday and drive back Tuesday. It's a lot of driving and I'm not totally sure it's worth it but it's a once in a lifetime kind of event so...

    Vastmindkarasti
  • karastikarasti Breathing Minnesota Veteran

    I think it's great to do that kind of stuff @person! Even on long drives, they can be opportunities to see new people and places, have conversations you wouldn't have otherwise, hear new music, and share a big event with others. All good stuff!

    Vastmind
  • VastmindVastmind Memphis, TN Veteran
    edited August 16

    Instead of the farm/park vibe.....we're going all in. That's right, the planetarium!!!

    Kofi is just too excited about the events planned there:

    · Safe, viewing telescopes
    · Scale model solar system walk
    · Eclipse activity tables
    · Eclipse educators and Planetarium astronomers
    · NASA live feed of the Solar Eclipse on our Planetarium lobby monitors
    · World’s largest fully functioning solar eclipse glasses

    @person .... FWIW...none of us know if it will be worth it, hahaha, but like you said, it's rare enough that the hype is exciting, and I'm looking forward to us all sharing our experiences...

  • gracklegrackle Veteran

    What a deep pleasure must come from seeing Kofi's excitement. When young minds get caught up in the excitement of the universe who knows where that will carry them. The curiosity of youth can really blow you mind.

  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Moderator

    My mind has already been blown by minor miracles I see every day.
    My tiny mind cannot fathom the sheer behemoth that is the Solar system, galaxy, universe and infinite darkness that is where we live.
    When it comes to considering we are microscopic beings travelling through space on a lump of rock, at 67,000mph, I faint.

    Vastmindkarasti
  • KeromeKerome Did I fall in the forest? Europe Veteran
    edited August 16

    Talking of the immensity of the universe, I love this video @federica maybe you know it...

    Vastmind
  • VastmindVastmind Memphis, TN Veteran

    @grackle said:
    What a deep pleasure must come from seeing Kofi's excitement. When young minds get caught up in the excitement of the universe who knows where that will carry them. The curiosity of youth can really blow you mind.

    For sure! It's also making my imagination, curiosity, and wonder revert right back to my own young mind. I grew up near Cape Canaveral, so every launch was a big event. My parents would pack a lunch, we would get in the big blue boat ( huge, chevy impala...hahaha) and go to nearest field and watch everything. NASA and the space program was a big part of the culture there. Anyway...let me know if you can't get your hands on a stamp, i don't mind sending you a couple.

  • gracklegrackle Veteran

    @Vastmind. I grew up in Miami and on occaision would travel up the coast to see a launch. It was an exciting time to be alive and see history being made. It was thrilling to hear the countdown to lift off. Thanks for your generous offer. If I can't find the stamps I'll let you know.

    Vastmind
  • karastikarasti Breathing Minnesota Veteran

    @Vastmind Sounds like an awesome event the planetarium has planned! I can't wait to hear how it went! It's still fascinating to me to see Cape Canaveral. I haven't actually been there since I was a kid, but I love just to see it from the beach at Cocoa Beach. Such fascinating stuff. I'm with @federica when I spend too much time thinking about the universe I get almost nauseous, :lol:

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