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Old 08-21-2017, 01:48 PM
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this is about as full as it got here. Little cloud cover took a decent picture with the cell phone.
I tried to put welding glass over the camera lens, but that didn't work too well.... worked fine for viewing though.
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Great viewing in Gates, Oregon! 2min 1sec totalty went really fast. Geese on the river were REALLY confused!2
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I didn't have any glasses and didn't try to blind myself, but I found the shadows on the ground were fascinating.
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There were 3 pairs of glasses at our office that everyone passed around. It was pretty cool, glad I got to see it.
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Yea I brought 4 pairs of glasses to share among the office.

so glad the solar filter I bought from B&H came with 5 pairs free
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B&H hooked me up too. Took way too many pics
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Just returned from the Path of Totality, what my iPhone thought I saw:







Representation of what I actually saw:

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Damn. I need to see one in person.
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Originally Posted by Mizouse View Post
Damn. I need to see one in person.
It was cool.

A perfectly black circle just blotting out the sun except for the corona, which was white. I was expecting orange/yellow for some reason. The corona wasn't bright enough to even be seen through the eclipse glasses, but it was very comfortable to see with the naked eye. When the first glint of sun reappeared .... back to the eclipse glasses.
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Very neat experience even with only 60% coverage. The shadows through tree branches show the crescent, so seeing hundreds of them strewn across the sidewalks was cool as well. A show that enormous is simply awesome.

The path of totality for the 2024 eclipse is directly over central Texas, and I already have my glasses!

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Originally Posted by oo7spy View Post
Very neat experience even with only 60% coverage. The shadows through tree branches show the crescent, so seeing hundreds of them strewn across the sidewalks was cool as well. A show that enormous is simply awesome.

The path of totality for the 2024 eclipse is directly over central Texas, and I already have my glasses!

:ibsomeoneshitsonmyparadewith3yearexpirationdate:

Yup, Texas is gonna be the place to be for the next one!

Theres also Indianapolis or Cleveland, Buffalo and Montreal

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Majofo you best be making some room for us Azine users. We gon have a Azine meet at your place!
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Old 08-22-2017, 07:31 AM
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Yea gonna be nice to just walk outside and see a full eclipse
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Majofo you best be making some room for us Azine users. We gon have a Azine meet at your place!
I'll bring the beer
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i'll bring the ammo...
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sounds like an awesome day!
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Who is going to bring the womenz?
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ISS moving in front of the eclipse
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That's no moon.....
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If NSFW was allowed so many good eclipse memes
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Funny pics thread.
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Ohhh yea, can't post those.
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I wonder how soon until we discover the actual millennium falcon that really does exist. I think we are all going to trip the fuck out.
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For anyone in SoCal . . .

Please wrap flashlights in red cellophane!

http://www.rivastro.org/starparty.php
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The Parker Solar Probe rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The probe is set to become the fastest-moving manmade object in history. Its data promises to crack longstanding mysteries about the Sun's behaviour.

It is the first space craft to be named after a living person - astrophysicist Eugene Parker, 91, who first described solar wind in 1958.

"Wow, here we go! We're in for some learning over the next several years," he said after watching the lift-off from the scene. The University of Chicago professor said he had been biting his nails in anticipation.

The Delta-IV Heavy rocket - which was carrying the probe - launched at 03:31 local time (07:31 GMT).

It came after a failed attempt the previous day, when a last-minute alarm caused the agency to miss its 65-minute weather window.

Just under an hour after the launch, Nasa confirmed that the spacecraft had successfully separated and the probe had been released into space.

The probe aims to dip directly into our star's outer atmosphere, or corona.

It will zip past Venus in six weeks and make a first rendezvous with the Sun a further six weeks after that.

Over the course of seven years, Parker will make 24 loops around our star to study the physics of the corona, the place where much of the important activity that affects the Earth seems to originate.

The probe will dip inside this tenuous atmosphere, sampling conditions, and getting to just 6.16 million km (3.83 million miles) from the Sun's broiling "surface".

"I realise that might not sound that close, but imagine the Sun and the Earth were a metre apart. Parker Solar Probe would be just 4cm away from the Sun," explained Dr Nicky Fox, the British-born project scientist who is affiliated to the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.

"We'll also be the fastest human-made object ever, travelling around the Sun at speeds of up to 690,000km/h (430,000mph) - New York to Tokyo in under a minute!" she told BBC News.
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Old 08-12-2018, 08:08 PM
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I drove 2 hours Friday night to go watch the launch. Weather was perfect for a launch but there was some sort of technical issue so it got delayed to Saturday night
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That happened to us with a Delta IV launch at the end of May 2010. We drove from Daytona, something had an error, and the weather window was missed. But we still drive down again two days later to watch from some random marina. It was a very cool experience.
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The Grand Tour continues...


NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft has exited the heliosphere -- the plasma bubble created by the sun that encompasses most of our solar system -- and entered interstellar space, making it the second human-made object to do so. Voyager 1 hit this milestone in 2012. NASA said Voyager 2 crossed over the heliopause, the boundary between the heliosphere and interstellar space, on November 5th and the probe is now more than 11 billion miles from Earth.

"I think we're all happy and relieved that the Voyager probes have both operated long enough to make it past this milestone," Voyager Project Manager Suzanne Dodd said in a statement. "This is what we've all been waiting for. Now we're looking forward to what we'll be able to learn from having both probes outside the heliopause."

NASA announced back in October that it suspected this moment might happen soon. The spacecraft had been detecting increasing amounts of cosmic rays, something Voyager 1 experienced in 2012. But Voyager 2 has something its partner didn't when it left the heliosphere -- a functional Plasma Science Experiment. Voyager 1's stopped working in 1980, but Voyager 2's is still in working order, and it's able to take measurements of the solar wind. On November 5th, Voyager 2 detected a sharp drop in the speed of solar wind particles and since then, it hasn't measured any solar wind flow at all -- strong evidence that it has exited the sun's protective bubble.

Three other onboard instruments -- the cosmic ray subsystem, the low energy charged particle probe and the magnetometer -- also recorded data that fit with what would be expected when exiting the heliosphere.

Voyager 2 launched in 1977 and is now NASA's longest running mission. Both it and Voyager 1 were initially built for a five-year run and were designed to give us a look at Jupiter and Saturn. But at 41 years, both are still trucking and they're now providing us with a look at what's beyond the heliopause. "Voyager has a very special place for us in our heliophysics fleet," said Nicola Fox, director of the Heliophysics Division at NASA. "Our studies start at the sun and extend out to everything the solar wind touches. To have the Voyagers sending back information about the edge of the sun's influence gives us an unprecedented glimpse of truly uncharted territory."

Both spacecraft are still technically within the solar system, however. And they will be until they exit the Oort Cloud, a large collection of distant objects that are still affected by the sun's gravity. While it's not known how wide the Oort Cloud really is, scientists estimate that it will take around 300 years for Voyager 2 to reach the inner edge and maybe 30,000 years to exit the outer edge.
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Really cool stuff from the Chinese last month. I would copy and paste, but I’m on a phone.

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46724727
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Israel attempts to become fourth country to make controlled landing on moon

Israel’s first spacecraft built to land on the moon was set for launch on Thursday from Florida on a mission that, if successful, would make the Jewish state only the fourth nation to achieve a controlled touchdown on the lunar surface.

The unmanned robotic lander dubbed Beresheet – Hebrew for the biblical phrase “in the beginning” – was expected to lift-off at 8:45pm (0145 GMT on Friday) on a Falcon 9 rocket launched by California-based entrepreneur Elon Musk’s SpaceX company from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
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T- 3 minutes?!



EDIT: Crazy timing!

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I guess Brits are more interested in space travel than Americans. Another one from BBC.

The SpaceX company has launched a capsule designed to carry people from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The mission is uncrewed for this flight, but if it goes well, the American space agency is likely to approve the system for regular astronaut use from later this year.

SpaceX founder Elon Musk said this could be the first step towards opening space travel to commercial customers.

Not since the retirement of the shuttles in 2011 has the US been able to put humans in orbit.
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The SpaceX Dragon space capsule’s maiden flight was a success. Who’s ready to go to space?

America's new commercial astronaut capsule has completed its demonstration flight with a successful splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean.

The SpaceX Dragon vehicle left the International Space Station after being docked there for the past week, and re-entered Earth's atmosphere.

It had a heat-shield to protect it from the high temperatures of re-entry.

Four parachutes brought it into "soft contact" with water about 450km from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The mission - which had no humans aboard, only a dummy covered in sensors - went according to plan.
Video of the capsule landing in the link.

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