21 August 2017

| August 21, 2017 | 22 Comments

Sorry for the delay in posting this article. I ended up spending substantially more time on the road today than originally planned.

They say a picture’s worth 1000 words. So for the purists out there, here ya go.

Taken IVO Sumter, SC, approx 1844 UCT


I can’t claim credit for the photo – mine didn’t turn out that well.  An in-law took this one.

The next total eclipse visible in the USA will occur in a bit less than 7 years – on Monday, 8 April 2024. That one will sweep SW to NE across the US, starting at the Rio Grande NW of Laredo, TX, and passing through San Antonio, Dallas/Fort Worth, Little Rock, small portions of OK and MI, rural Missouri and Illinois, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Buffalo, Syracuse, Rochester, Burlington (VT), northern NH, and Northern ME. Totality will also be visible in parts of Mexico and eastern Canada.

If you missed this one, see the next one if at all possible. Yes, it’s a pain. But it’s well worth it.


(C’mon – once you saw the photo, you had to know that particular tune would be featured in this article. [smile])

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  1. jonp says:

    This one passed almost on top of where we live in NC and the next will go right over the top of where we are from and still have a camp up north. Someone is trying to send us a message…

  2. 26Limabeans says:

    I looked at the sun using a Grade 12 piece of welding glass. Just a few seconds to see about 40% of the sun covered. The crickets started to chirp. I had a beer. I cried.
    The next one will be right on top of me.
    Not sure if it will be safe to view through six feet of dirt though.

  3. AnotherPat says:

    🗣🎼🎶🎵”Turn Around, Bright Eyes…”🎵🎶🎼

    Did not get to see the “Total Eclipse” where we live…just Partial..but was fortunate in shooting a photo to pass on to future generations..it was worth the wait.

    And before we know it, 2024 will be here. Life is going by too durn fast.

    Thanx for sharing, Hondo.

    🗣🎼🎶🎵”Forever’s gonna start tonight…”🎵🎶🎼

  4. DefendUSA says:

    Got some great “selfie” styled photos here in NC…the sun rays created by the moon were awesome….also found a pinhole in the stairwell at work and got a great reflection on the cement! It was TFA. 🙂

  5. MustangCryppie says:

    I thought of driving to Hopkinsville, KY to see it, but decided I didn’t want to deal with the traffic. From what I’ve seen, I missed a great venue and eclipse. Sigh!

    I had to satisfy myself with an 82% eclipse from Frederick, MD. Impressive, but not like a total.

    I did see a total eclipse in Germany in 1998 (IIRC) in Stuttgart. Of course, it was a partly cloudy day, though we could kind of see the sun during totality. But…for me the REALLY impressive things were the temperature drop as totality approached and the sight of the moon’s shadow rushing at you also as totality approached.


    If I’m still in the USA in 7 years, I’ll definitely be heading out this time to see the total eclipse.

  6. Ex-PH2 says:

    Cloudy almost all morning, but the clouds finally opened a tiny bit, and I got a nice shot of the end of the partial eclipse in my area.

    Next one is in 7 years.

    A day without a night, a night without a day….

  7. Sapper3307 says:

    Yesterday I asked God a sign that Hillary was going to prison, and received it.

  8. Eden says:

    UUGGHHH!! What’s with the autoplay? And no controls on the page to mute it. 🙁

  9. Jabatam says:

    Been an amateur astronomer and enthusiast for over 30 years even majoring in astrophysics in college

    Waited my entire life for the chance to see one. I’ve been planning for this one for over 5 years.

    Had three sites lined up to choose from. As of Sunday morning, all three were showing the same potential weather

    My two backup choices got an excellent view

    My primary choice was rained out and cloudy

    I could not have been more disappointed

    I will have to hope for better luck in 7 years since I live in Indianapolis

    • HMCS(FMF) ret says:

      Watched it through my 8″ SCT yesterday… saw 99% coverage (was 50 miles from the path of totality and didn’t want to fight traffic to get into the path). Mother Nature (and celestial mechanics) are awesome.

    • Esquire122 says:

      The group I was with had a choice of just east of Hopkinsville, KY in a field or in the East TN mountains, the Cherohala Skyway at 3570ft. The advance guy in our group chose TN. It worked out great. A few clouds drifted by but the full eclipse was 2m39s and no clouds.

  10. Devtun says:

    The eclipse in 2024 will endure the longest in Mexico – estimated to last in the 4 1/2 minute range.

    • Hondo says:

      While the max duration for the 2024 eclipse will occur about 100mi or so NNE of Durango, MX at 4min 28 seconds, the US will also get a helluva show during that eclipse. The max in the US (along the center of the path of totality) will range from nearly 4min 27sec at the Rio Grande to over 3min 21sec at the ME-CA border. That one will be a spectacular show also.

      Seriously, folks: if you possibly can, get into the path of totality for the 2024 eclipse and see it in person. It’s a natural spectacle for which words are simply inadequate. The travel will be a pain – but it’s worth it.

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