• Did anyone watch the eclipse today? We were in 94% coverage and it was disappointing.

    Asked by GregP_WN on Tuesday, August 22, 2017

    Did anyone watch the eclipse today? We were in 94% coverage and it was disappointing.

    After all the hype and build up it wasn't all that where we were. We went outside and looked up, you could see the moon passing in front of the sun while wearing the glasses, but it didn't get dark. Just a weird looking overcast. But 75 miles north of us it got dark. Oh, well, maybe the next one in something like 600 years.

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    • lynniepoo's Avatar

      I agree. We were in about the same coverage and we couldn't get glasses and without it was disappointing.

      10 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      I did not get the glasses so didn't go outside. We were supposed to have 78% coverage or something. It got sort of eery light, but far, fAR from dark.

      I let the dogs out at the peak of it, not aware it was the peak... I did bring them back in pretty quickly because it was strange outside.

      I don't think the birds or insects cared. My dogs surely didn't go to sleep. I did hear that it cooled down a bit...

      10 months ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar

      Over hyped and a bunch of BS.

      10 months ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar

      Oh, barryboomer, I had such a different experience! For me it was an experience of a lifetime, and I am very grateful to have survived to witness it. I live in the swath of Idaho that observed 100% totality and it was an event of pure awe.

      10 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Barry, it just depends on where you were. Those who were in the totality path were in awe and amazement, others like me where we were could look through the glasses and see the moon passing in front of the sun, but it didn't get dark, it just got "weird looking". Still, I was disappointed, I thought it would be dark where we were too. In Fla. you probably didn't see anything.

      10 months ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      It was supposed to be 86% here, but all you could see where the clouds. Completely overcast. It did get darker, but except for a smattering in downtown Columbus, you couldn't really see anything.

      10 months ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar

      For me it was a whole lot of fun. Boise was 99.6% totality, we did have plans to go up to Counsel, we had planned to get up at 4 in the morning and up then go up to New Meadows to my niece's B&B But when the DOT started posting warnings we backed off and thought about attending some local celebrations. Then my daughter's friend decided on impromptu party. Unfortunately my neck and back began to hurt and I began to choke from looking up before we reached even 50% totality so I just began to experience the weirdness and that was sort of awesome. It was sort of like a sunset you could not see. My daughter could monitor the temperature on her smart-phone and it dropped about 9 degrees. The shadows got really weird. Then those little half moons appeared that was really awesome my daughter got some really great pictures of the little crescents. The 99.6% totality lasted all of 30 seconds so that was a little disappointing. Then our host said "Let's eat" The following party did not disappoint.

      10 months ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar

      Yes, I watched the eclipse. Protective eyewear was sold out so I took a tip from the news media and saw it on my cellphone, positioning it similar to taking a selfie. At first the sun's reflection on the screen was blinding, but as the eclipse progressed, I could clearly see the black shadow of the moon crossing the sun leaving only a small crescent light. The daylight around me dimmed similar to a cloudy day, so less impressive. The birds still sang, my two dogs could have cared less. I did learn via the news though about mass migrations taking place, especially across the path of totality for the eclipse, so apparently this event did drastically effect the behavior of some animals.

      10 months ago
    • Carool's Avatar

      In NYC, it was a dud, and overhyped for what we got (LOL!). Nothing with nothing. I did look through glasses right before, and that sight was interesting (a bunch of us stood outside our office building). If I hadn't known there was an eclipse, I wouldn't have been able to tell from what was happening.

      10 months ago
    • SweetiesMom's Avatar

      Yes, it was an awesome experience! I'm visiting (from So California) a friend in Idaho. He lives where we had 100% totality but it only lasted a minute. Amazing but so quick! Still, I'm glad to have been able to experience it.

      10 months ago
    • Ejourneys' Avatar

      My partner and I watched the NASA livestream, which was fun. They followed totality in several locations going from west to east. Among others, they interviewed astronauts for whom this was their very first total solar eclipse. Those on the ISS got to see the moon's shadow fall on the Earth, which was very cool!

      I think we had 82% coverage here, and I did notice a change in the light level during totality on the east coast.

      I've observed a few partial solar eclipses -- I remember one where somehow the leaves around us acted like pinhole cameras and we saw a bunch of eclipse images projected onto the ground.
      Decades ago I was lucky enough to be on the centerline of a total solar eclipse and it was simply amazing.

      10 months ago
    • Lauraandmary's Avatar

      Cloud coverage was a bit of a problem! Still interesting, maybe not "amazing". Next one in 2024!

      10 months ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar

      When my back and neck started to hurt and I started to choke, my daughter suggested I record my feelings because I have a very primitive Circadian rhythm. Well I did think one on the party guests brought their dog. The dog was very antsy the whole morning. The birds did stop briefly then break into song. As for my "primitive feelings" well that was just a general feeling of weirdness.

      10 months ago
    • SandiA's Avatar

      I was in Atlanta on vacation. Wanted to visit the Braves new stadium. We were at the hotel and didn't have glasses and walked out into the court yard. A family joined us. They had glasses and they shared and the hotel staff came out and brought some ice water. It didn't get completely dark, but it was fun hanging out with a group of people we had never met before but got to experience it together.

      10 months ago
    • andreacha's Avatar

      We were 99% here in the North GA mountains.Spectacular. We were all sure to make sure our cats and dogs were inside. It will be the last one I'll ever see and it was well worth it.

      10 months ago
    • PhillieG's Avatar

      We had 70% coverage. It was GREAT! I made a pinhole projector out of a cereal box. The sky had a strange look to it. It didn't go dark per se but it reminded me of when the seasons change and the earth tilts. The next one, in 7 years, will be relatively close to home. I hope to be able to see it.

      10 months ago

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