17 thoughts on “Total Eclipse St. Louis

    • Thanks, Melinda. It was really cool to see. But it doesn’t last long enough. Two minutes 11 seconds goes by so fast.

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  1. So there I was outside, special glasses, camera, even a giant cardboard pinhole projector and 7 minutes before the apex of the eclipse along comes a big, fat, stupid cloud that parks itself over me for 19 minutes.

    I’m so mad at the stratosphere right now.

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  2. Clouds were all around me. Big fluffy clouds some scooted in and out during the eclipse phase but a good opening cleared just in time for the totality. It was awesome.

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  3. We were in the 84% zone here in NE Ohio. Let me just say, I’m glad I didn’t take the day off, like a lot of schools did around here. It gets a lot darker when it’s raining. A cloud cover moved in about an hour later, and it’s darker now that it was at the peak of the thing.
    The one in 2024 will be directly over us. Maybe then.

    But you say it didn’t get really dark? They were saying you guys would see stars, feel the temp drop, the birds would stop chirping and go to bed…. Were we oversold?

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    • One person near me said “there’s a star” but I didn’t look up. I was fooling with my camera too much. It got dark enough that the streetlights came on, but I didn’t see the swath or darkness like you can see in the video from the airplane posted earlier. I don’t know how much I’d be excited about seeing a partial eclipse again. I saw one in 1979 and I guess it was cool, but even with it not getting as dark as I had expected totality is well worth experiencing. My new goal: Stay alive for 7 more years.

      I’ll have to travel a little to see totality in that one but I would… and I think I’ll pay less attention to the camera and just take it all in.

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      • the “Star” was probably venus; it was the most easily visible object up there other than the corona; we also saw Mars but were unable to see Mercury which should have been visible on the opposite side of the sun from where you would have seen Venus.

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        • I distinctly saw Mercury and Venus. I just got home, so I haven’t had time to look closely at my pictures to see if they show up. Totality was one of the most awesome things I’ve ever seen.

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  4. OK. I’m totally serious here. When I told one of the guys I work with that the peak eclipse here was at 10:20, he asked if that was AM or PM. I kid you not!

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  5. I headed up to North Georgia/Rabun County (a spot near Lake Burton) to watch the eclipse from within the totality zone. – We had 2 minutes and 32 seconds;

    The spot we watched from was a clearing in the forest near the peak of a ridge; the clearing was about 100′ long and around 40-50′ wide and descended down a slope towards a pond at the bottom of the hill; from where we were setup we had a great view (several miles wide) across the valley to our north.

    We were the ONLY people at that clearing so it was quite peaceful as well.

    We noticed about 10 minutes before totality that it felt a bit darker and cooler; the birds, crickets, frogs, owls and other woodland creatures began singing their evening songs; looking up without solar glasses the sun was still looked pretty much the same as always; it was only when we used the solar shades that we could see the curvature of the moon covering portions of the sun. – it gradually got darker as we got closer to totality however it was still very easy to see the trees on the far side of the valley up until almost the exact moment of totality at which point it got much darker very suddenly; 2 of us saw the leading edge of the shadow flying very rapidly across the treeline; it was moving several hundred miles an hour and that entire effect flew past in under a second; the rest of the group missed that entirely because they were watching the sun through their solar shades… – I looked up and immediately saw the corona and could easily see both Mars and Venus a short angle off from the sun. I could tell where mercury was supposed to be (thanks to Sky Maps) but I couldn’t spot it even with binoculars… Although the ground was quite dark; we could no longer see the other side of the valley that we were looking across; it did seem as if the sky itself wasn’t nearly as dark as it gets at night; I’ve often heard that during a total eclipse you can see the stars in the sky like it’s night time but I didn’t see any stars at all (just the two planets that I mentioned and the corona).

    During the ~15-20 minutes surrounding the totality the temperature was noticeably cooler; it felt almost as cool as the night time temperatures and i was just as comfortable as i was when i took a walk that morning around 6:30AM.

    There is a huge difference between a 99.7% eclipse and a 100% eclipse – Lots of people went and watched the eclipse from Sanford Stadium at the University of Georgia; they didn’t have totality so they never would have seen the corona. I’ve seen several ‘partial eclipses’ – this was the first time I’ve seen a total eclipse and it was seriously worth the effort to see it.

    The next total eclipse in the US is in 2024 and will cover a path from texas to maine; the point where that eclipse crosses the path of todays eclipse is coincidentally very close to St. Louis MO.

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  6. I thought it would be darker here I think it was over rated I give it a 6.5/10 Love the pics Jonco very nice

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    • were you in the path of totality? – There is a huge difference between “99.9% partial eclipse” and a “100% total eclipse”. If you didn’t actually see the corona; a ring of fire surrounding the moon that you could easily distinguish with your naked eye then you were not in the totality zone and it would not have gotten all that dark… There is a total shift when that last tiny spot of direct sunlight vanishes… The spot I was in had 2 minutes and 32 seconds of totality; and the ground was quite dark; looking up at the sky it wasn’t as dark as I’d have hoped for; I couldn’t see any stars at all but I could easily make out Venus and Mars and they look much more prominent than they do during a typical night sky; both of the planets appeared to vanish as soon as the sun started to peek out the edge of the moon.

      We had friends watching from a stadium that was supposed to get “99.8% eclipse” and they were all quite disappointed but from where we stood it was very impressive.

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      • no I was not I didnt think the two hour drive to the north Georgia mountains was worth it there were many people disappointed I thought 98 percent would be darker but I was not going to miss it ,looks like the 2078 one will be over Atlanta but I wont be here

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