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Old 08-22-2017, 03:16 AM   #1
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Seeing the eclipse in the woods.

Someone told me that you can see the partial eclipse under the trees. Sure enough that happened to me yesterday. The partially eclipsed sun was being projected on the ground by spruce trees in my yard. There were little crescents speckled all over my driveway and it was slightly dimmer out. It's was really cool. You know how they say put a pin hole into a piece of cardboard and project the sun on to a piece of paper. The trees do the same thing. The small spacing between the leaves act as pin holes. There are two annular eclipses coming near enough to affect us in a few years. It would be interesting to take a walk in the woods and see that again. Then the big one comes on April 8th 2024.
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Old 08-22-2017, 06:51 AM   #2
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That is a well known phenomenon. I saw that yesterday in Missouri where I experienced totality. Being near a tree to see that is great, but I wouldn't plan to be in the woods in 2024, because I would miss too many other effects, such as seeing the distant shadow edge rushing toward me at 1000mph, and the 360 degree horizon "sunset". An elevated open location with a view at least toward tthe west is best IMO.
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Old 08-23-2017, 12:35 AM   #3
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That is a well known phenomenon. I saw that yesterday in Missouri where I experienced totality. Being near a tree to see that is great, but I wouldn't plan to be in the woods in 2024, because I would miss too many other effects, such as seeing the distant shadow edge rushing toward me at 1000mph, and the 360 degree horizon "sunset". An elevated open location with a view at least toward tthe west is best IMO.
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