Out of the Blue

Well today is the total eclipse here in North America that's got many people quite excited. This will go right through our home state of New York, but the path of totality is north of here. This is okay with me, since I'm not as caught up in this as so many are. I'm not sure why, since I've always had an interest in science and astronomy, and I know this probably dents my geek cred. But I have never felt the compulsion to try and check one of these out. I'm probably making an error, because one of the things people commonly say is that you can't appreciate an eclipse until you've experienced one. But I don't know, it was dark last night due to the celestial movement and it didn't seem that exciting despite the "totality" of it. So I guess it's for the best I'm not in the direct path, considering the time, expense, and effort some people go through to be able to enjoy the spectacle.

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Re: OotB: In the dark
Apr 9, 2024, 16:21
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Re: OotB: In the dark Apr 9, 2024, 16:21
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Prez wrote on Apr 9, 2024, 11:22:
Mr. Tact wrote on Apr 9, 2024, 09:01:
Burrito of Peace wrote on Apr 8, 2024, 19:23:
As an aside, did anyone remember to save the cheerleader today?
I need to rewatch that at some point...

Okay I have to admit that I don't understand the obvious reference. I keep thinking that maybe it is that silly comet ends the world movie from the 80's (I think one of the valley girls in that was a cheerleader) but I doubt it.
It is a reference to the "Heroes" series.
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Re: OotB: In the dark
Apr 9, 2024, 11:22
Prez
 
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Re: OotB: In the dark Apr 9, 2024, 11:22
Apr 9, 2024, 11:22
 Prez
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Apr 9, 2024, 09:01:
Burrito of Peace wrote on Apr 8, 2024, 19:23:
As an aside, did anyone remember to save the cheerleader today?
I need to rewatch that at some point...

Okay I have to admit that I don't understand the obvious reference. I keep thinking that maybe it is that silly comet ends the world movie from the 80's (I think one of the valley girls in that was a cheerleader) but I doubt it.
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Re: OotB: In the dark
Apr 9, 2024, 11:17
Prez
 
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Apr 9, 2024, 11:17
 Prez
 
1badmf wrote on Apr 8, 2024, 23:01:
if i was within driving distance i would've gone. next one in north america won't be for several decades.

I think that is at the heart of why old farts more seasoned citizens are a little less likely to be impressed with the eclipse. They aren't that rare, and most of us have seen at least one already. Haley's Comet, on the other hand, is visible from earth once every 75 years, so it's extraordinarily unlikely that you are going to have a chance to see it again if you miss it. 🙂
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Re: OotB: In the dark
Apr 9, 2024, 09:01
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Re: OotB: In the dark Apr 9, 2024, 09:01
Apr 9, 2024, 09:01
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Apr 8, 2024, 19:23:
As an aside, did anyone remember to save the cheerleader today?
I need to rewatch that at some point...
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Re: OotB: In the dark
Apr 8, 2024, 23:01
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Re: OotB: In the dark Apr 8, 2024, 23:01
Apr 8, 2024, 23:01
 
if i was within driving distance i would've gone. next one in north america won't be for several decades.
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Re: OotB: In the dark
Apr 8, 2024, 19:23
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Re: OotB: In the dark Apr 8, 2024, 19:23
Apr 8, 2024, 19:23
 
As an aside, did anyone remember to save the cheerleader today?
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Re: OotB: In the dark
Apr 8, 2024, 17:25
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Re: OotB: In the dark Apr 8, 2024, 17:25
Apr 8, 2024, 17:25
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I got a big kick out of all the conspiracy loons who came out of the woodwork on the internet for this eclipse. Not so entertained by the anti-semitic theories about cow sacrifices or some shit, but most of it was harmless fun. (If you ignore the fact that a good portion of the population is essentially incapable of reason.)
Do you have a single fact to back that up?
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Re: OotB: In the dark
Apr 8, 2024, 16:36
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Re: OotB: In the dark Apr 8, 2024, 16:36
Apr 8, 2024, 16:36
 
My view in New Jersey. It got a bit more 'eclipsed' than that but this was one of the few good photos I could get through the eclipse glasses that I taped to my phone. It was pretty cloudy this afternoon too, but luckily we could see it off and on through them for a decent amount of time. Quite an interesting sight even if it didn't enter totality.

My Pixel long exposure was even able to pick up some stars but I couldn't see them while watching.
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Re: OotB: In the dark
Apr 8, 2024, 16:20
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Re: OotB: In the dark Apr 8, 2024, 16:20
Apr 8, 2024, 16:20
 
Enh, it was pretty overcast here so it got dark enough for streetlights to come on but you could only - barely - glimpse the event itself behind the cloud cover. I still remember my first major eclipse in grade school back in the 1970s. One of those few early memories that really sticks with me down through the decades. All the kids outside with our glasses and viewers ooohing and ahhhing. That was a clear day.

I could not make sense of that headline for the obit and had to go to the site to make sense of it. His last name is Brings Plenty, okay, I get it now.

That asshat - and he does sound like a complete one - really needs to cool his heels in jail for a year or two for stupidity like that and reflect on his life choices. I'm sure his fellow conservatives will defend him to the death though. Isn't that what they always argue? People have the right to be as much of an asshat as they want no matter who else has to pay for their asshatery.

Boeing...the clusterfuck that keeps on giving. They really need to just ground all 737s permanently at this point I'm thinking. I know I'll never fly on one.
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Re: OotB: In the dark
Apr 8, 2024, 15:44
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Re: OotB: In the dark Apr 8, 2024, 15:44
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I'm not a big space guy, but yes, it was awesome to experience. It was expected to be cloudy and the clouds parted just as we were heading into totality. It's not just seeing the ring of fire in the sky, but it's everything else happening around you. The temperature change, wind picks up, the birds get quiet. Very surreal.
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Re: OotB: In the dark
Apr 8, 2024, 15:27
Prez
 
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Apr 8, 2024, 15:27
 Prez
 
Bah, don't let us grumpy old codgers steal your excitement. It is pretty awesome for sure.
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Re: OotB: In the dark
Apr 8, 2024, 15:19
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 Tomas
 
No picture or video can adequately recreate the experience of a total eclipse. It's impressive. So yes, Blue, you missed out, imo. That said, I don't think it's life changing for most people. Awesome, in the literal sense, but not required for happiness.
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Apr 8, 2024, 15:12
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I was watching some youngster trying to use his phone to see the eclipse. Handed him some eclipse viewing glasses and it made his day … and mine.🌒😎
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Re: OotB: In the dark
Apr 8, 2024, 14:48
Prez
 
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 Prez
 
'Yellowstone' Actor Cole Brings Plenty Found Dead Days After Going Missing

At first I thought that was a terribly written headline. It took a long time to process how to read that. Now that I understand it, apologies to the author and condolences to his family and friends. That's awful.
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Re: OotB: In the dark
Apr 8, 2024, 13:15
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Re: OotB: In the dark Apr 8, 2024, 13:15
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 Prez
 
The only reason I am not grumpy about how overblown and cringey all of the excitement over this eclipse has gotten is because it can possibly result in people who are being exposed to the wonder of astronomy for the first time becoming genuinely interested in science. We need more appreciation for science. While I am at it though, I am not above laughing at the idiocy that flat-earthers have been duped into believing. I'm sure that they have been furiously working on how to explain this with an explanation that a 3rd-grader wouldn't immediately recognize as ridiculous for weeks now.
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Re: OotB: In the dark
Apr 8, 2024, 13:04
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Re: OotB: In the dark Apr 8, 2024, 13:04
Apr 8, 2024, 13:04
 
Better dent my geek cred, too, as I am thoroughly disinterested in the solar eclipse even though I am in the path. Absolutely NFG and I'll get better pictures of it than I'll ever see with the naked eye from NASA either this evening or tomorrow.
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Re: OotB: In the dark
Apr 8, 2024, 12:44
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The pinhole projector is so cool. A 3x5 card and a sewing pin is all you need.
During the last eclipse, I let nature make mine. Light coming through tiny gaps between tree leaves displayed hundreds on the ground.
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SNL’s “Pilates” skit was also 10/10
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I see a mandatory alcohol counseling in Captain Morgan’s future.
What a douche.


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