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Monday is a Solar eclipse. I happen to live in the line where we will be able to see a total eclipse of the sun for a few minutes. Got our "eclipse glasses" and can't wait.

The next solar eclipse won't happen in my lifetime.

Two things stood out to me.
A solar eclipse can only happen when the moon is a new moon, because the unlit side of the moon will be facing us.

And the only time the gravitational pulls of the Sun and Moon are pulling in exactly the same direction, is during a solar eclipse. So I'm assuming the tides will be greater in that brief period.

Do you guys know of anything else that happens during a solar eclipse? And effect on animals? plants?

There was a slight earthquake in New Jersey today, which almost never happens. I wonder if this event will trigger a few earthquakes?
  • Profile picture of the author lanfear63
    Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

    Monday is a Solar eclipse. I happen to live in the line where we will be able to see a total eclipse of the sun for a few minutes. Got our "eclipse glasses" and can't wait.

    The next solar eclipse won't happen in my lifetime.

    Two things stood out to me.
    A solar eclipse can only happen when the moon is a new moon, because the unlit side of the moon will be facing us.

    And the only time the gravitational pulls of the Sun and Moon are pulling in exactly the same direction, is during a solar eclipse. So I'm assuming the tides will be greater in that brief period.

    Do you guys know of anything else that happens during a solar eclipse? And effect on animals? plants?

    There was a slight earthquake in New Jersey today, which almost never happens. I wonder if this event will trigger a few earthquakes?
    Of course no earthquakes, the pull or position of the moon and sun has zero effect on quakes (it's an Earth thing) Is this a trick question? As to stirring up tides along it's trajectory, no idea. Animals do react to eclipses a bit. I understand some institutions are going to observe their reactions on this one.

    I had considered going to Dallas, or San Antonio in which you could see the totality, but not happening. You are a lucky feller to be able to witness the whole thing, hope the weather stays clear. In the Houston area we may get 94 percent so best I will ever witness.
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    • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
      Originally Posted by lanfear63 View Post

      Of course no earthquakes, the pull or position of the moon and sun has zero effect on quakes (it's an Earth thing)
      Well, the tides are a result of the pull of the Moon, so I thought maybe the combined pull...mostly the sudden increase...and then sudden decrease.... in the pull...all in one direction, .might have an effect on the Earth's crust.

      I guess we'll see.
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      • Profile picture of the author lanfear63
        Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

        Well, the tides are a result of the pull of the Moon, so I thought maybe the combined pull...mostly the sudden increase...and then sudden decrease.... in the pull...all in one direction, .might have an effect on the Earth's crust.

        I guess we'll see.
        I just asked Alexa, she did not really answer it.

        I suppose you could argue that a lined up gravitational pull of sun and moon together on a certain trajectory might have a really infinitesimally tiny effect on the crust if it was really prone to having a quake, would it tip it over the edge though, debatable. One things for sure, a slight tipping of the CO'2 levels are going to and are having a huge effect on us.
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    High tides occur along the path of a solar eclipse because of the alignment of the Sun, moon and Earth. The combined gravitational pull of the Sun and moon cause high tides in the path of the alignment, meaning that low tides occur at ninety degrees from the path of the solar eclipse.
    sciencing.com

    Impact on Earth's Atmosphere:

    https://science.nasa.gov/solar-syste...er-atmosphere/
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    We had a few tremors since yesterday morning. One about 6 pm and one early this morning. The solar eclipse is the same day as one of my sibling's birthday.
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      Cloudy all day Monday here in SA.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    I just read a request from a local 'do good' group - they want people to drop off the solar eclipsed glasses later next week - so they can be boxed up and sent to Chile where an eclipse will happen in the next few months.


    My son bought 50 pr of eclipse 'glasses' - been handing them out to neighbors and family. I think the cost was about 90 cents per pair.


    This group wants all the folks we gave the glasses to - to drive them to a specific location and drop them off - where they will be 'packaged' and mailed to Chile where they will be opened and distributed to a rather large area. Then the group will claim they are 'saving the planet'. You can't make this stuff up....
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  • Mythological archetype fans may wanna figure how this plays out as an eternally spinnin' STORY.

    'Eclipse' is kinda celestial photobombin', an' mebbe we gotta all go buy weirdsy eyewear to commune with the spectacle to the detriment of our purse ...

    but what mattahs here is how Sun & Moon smack delisho 'pon one anothah in an especially ARIES kinda way.

    How fortooitous, catalytic, an' monumentally ROMPO.

    Spesho for Cancah, Leebruah & Capricorn.

    Naht that I a seer or nuthin'.

    Most days I struggle to walk straight or write my name actshwl!

    Butchya gotta figure how undeniable circumstance forevah prompts plausible explaino.
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    My daughter ordered the glasses for everyone, and we're looking forward to observing this rare event. It may not be in direct alignment with the OP's question... but The Devil's Comet is also believed to be passing by during this eclipse as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
    Did you guys know that nearly the whole US will see at least a partial eclipse for a few minutes.

    One thing I learned that I didn't know was that the Moon doesn't have a perfectly circular orbit around the Earth. So most solar eclipses are when the Moon is smaller in the sky, and won't cover the entire Sun.

    Most eclipses are called Annular, and the Sun isn't totally blocked. And as the Moon's orbit around the Earth expands (The Moon is slowly spinning away from us), total eclipses will become more rare and then stop altogether.

    So....this will be the only total solar eclipse in the US in our lifetimes. Monday at 3PM, I'll be out there looking.
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    • Profile picture of the author Monetize
      Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

      Did you guys know that nearly the whole US will see at least a partial eclipse for a few minutes.

      One thing I learned that I didn't know was that the Moon doesn't have a perfectly circular orbit around the Earth. So most solar eclipses are when the Moon is smaller in the sky, and won't cover the entire Sun.

      Most eclipses are called Annular, and the Sun isn't totally blocked. And as the Moon's orbit around the Earth expands (The Moon is slowly spinning away from us), total eclipses will become more rare and then stop altogether.

      So....this will be the only total solar eclipse in the US in our lifetimes. Monday at 3PM, I'll be out there looking.

      I hope you enjoy looking at the eclipse and that it's not too
      cloudy to get a good look.

      Did you all see the Krispy Kreme Eclipse donuts with the
      Oreo cookie on top of a dollop of buttercream.

      OMG we need more eclipses.

      BTW Claude, I believe in reincarnation, so you will see
      other amazing planetary phenomena in the future.

      You might be a bird or a fish but you will.
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      • Profile picture of the author discrat
        Originally Posted by Monetize View Post


        BTW Claude, I believe in reincarnation, so you will see
        other amazing planetary phenomena in the future.

        You might be a bird or a fish but you will.
        Try a rhino
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        • Profile picture of the author discrat
          Cloudy all day today here in SA.
          Oh well lol
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    Honest to goodness I couldn't care less about this thing going on today !!!

    EDIT: iam watching the news and all the hubbub. I admit iam getting a little excited as we get closer and closer to the eclipse. It is actually pretty neat
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    • Profile picture of the author DWolfe
      Originally Posted by discrat View Post

      Honest to goodness I couldn't care less about this thing going on today !!!
      I did not watch it. I was outside all day busy helping someone. We had a lot of clouds in the area anyway. The temperature dropped a lot during that time frame. Instead, I watched the highlights on the evening news.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    A local FB page posted a photo of the local newspaper front page from l979 - the last solar eclipse in this area. Looks like the rewrote that article for this year!
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    Sunny here.



    Going on an hourly run so I can see it in all its glory
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    Sunny here, too. Near the back of our property, we have about ten lawn chairs facing the proper direction - as some neighbors and a couple friends decided our house had the best 'view'. (Translation: We have a party barn where the beer fridge is always stocked)
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
    Beautiful, sunny day here in Hiram, Ohio. We took my son to my alma mater that is having an eclipse festival. Should be a really good time. Not looking forward to the traffic on the way home, though.
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  • I guess what mattahs here is the procreatively cyclic an' dreamsily eternal.

    In our lives an' dreams, we reach out an' sturdy up deep for this ephemerally solid foundation in equal measure -- like we flyin' rhinos, I guess.

    So I would wish to wondah what predictabyool certainties of the Caahsmaas we willin' to blitz outta whatevah bcs we all so frickin' stoopid?

    Anywan Sagittarian gaht the flight path of JOOPITAH down to the las' seckind thanks to the ORBIT GALS*

    Anywan Scorpio gaht ... actschwlly why you here steada bringin' yusself off in a death frenzy of paranoid inconsequence?

    Thing is, you gotta always match up the a priori to the shapeshifty an' seemin'.

    Likely I ain't gonna be around when Saturn smacks ringlong inta Yoornuss.

    But I wish always for the Oith we gaht fulla specyoolayschwaan on this to be orbitin' fulla life at this point 'steada fulla death.

    Yeah, plus also, bleach aliens.

    That'll sort the fkrs.

    * They cain't get jahbs in teachin' no more bcs hassle from the dumpstahfiyahoid, so you wannem to make out as streeet tramps or what?
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    Pretty cool.
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    • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
      Originally Posted by Dan Riffle View Post

      Pretty cool.
      The sky was clear, and we watched from our back yard. Through the glasses, it was totally dark except for a barely visible crescent....and then the total eclipse.

      We looked without the glasses. It was nearly as dark as night outside, and the solar corona seen outside the Moon was spectacular. We could even see Jupiter and Venus with the naked eye.

      I can imagine seeing this thousands of years ago, and thinking it was supernatural.

      A clear day....then darkness, and the Moon eats the Sun...the birds go crazy, the temperature drops...and the winds die.....

      Someone is getting sacrificed.



      Originally Posted by Dan Riffle View Post

      I concur, especially if that means I only need to be kind and caring once in my lifetime.
      We are all waiting to know when that will be.
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      • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
        Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

        We are all waiting to know when that will be.
        Don't hold your breath. Once in my lifetime is considerably different than once in yours.
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        • Profile picture of the author discrat
          I just want to know how was your meet up a few years ago ?? What was the tone of the conversation, who said what, initial impressions, etc..etc...

          We want details ?? lol
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          • Profile picture of the author lanfear63
            Originally Posted by discrat View Post

            I just want to know how was your meet up a few years ago ?? What was the tone of the conversation, who said what, initial impressions, etc..etc...

            We want details ?? lol
            There were at least 4 failed murder attempts on each side, not to mention the attempted food poisonings.
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          • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
            Originally Posted by discrat View Post

            I just want to know how was your meet up a few years ago ?? What was the tone of the conversation, who said what, initial impressions, etc..etc...

            We want details ?? lol
            Claude and I have had lunch two or three times. Generally, we discuss how weird you people are. Claude tells stories and I get in digs where I may.

            Claude is a natural talker and I'm more of a natural listener. I subscribe to the belief that one should keep his mouth closed and let others think he is a fool rather than open it and remove all doubt. Claude has never heard this maxim (probably because he was too busy talking).
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            • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
              Originally Posted by Dan Riffle View Post

              Claude and I have had lunch two or three times. Generally, we discuss how weird you people are. Claude tells stories and I get in digs where I may.

              Claude is a natural talker and I'm more of a natural listener. I subscribe to the belief that one should keep his mouth closed and let others think he is a fool rather than open it and remove all doubt. Claude has never heard this maxim (probably because he was too busy talking).
              This post really upset me.

              Are you saying there were actually times when you could get a word in? Then I didn't do my job.


              I was on the phone with a close friend, and after an hour or so, I said "I just noticed that I'm the one talking about 80% of the time". She said "What do you think that means?"

              I said "it means that you are stealing my spotlight 20% of the time. Unforgivable."

              The truth is, there aren't that many people I enjoy talking with. On the rare occasion I get to talk to someone I actually like....I tend to do most of the talking. I'm not sure why I'm like that.

              When my wife and I are gone for at least a few hours...when we walk through the door, our cat Mackie rolls around on the floor frantically......like the excitement is too much for him. I suspect there's a little of that in me too.
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              • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
                Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

                This post really upset me.
                My work here is done.
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              • Profile picture of the author discrat
                Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post


                I was on the phone with a close friend, .
                Milk coming out my nose,,you say this as if we are going to believe you lol.
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                • Originally Posted by discrat View Post

                  Milk coming out my nose
                  Yeah I had that also.

                  Thing is, whenya lookit the sun too hard, she fillsya fulla moonjooce.

                  Like Nostradamus said, "whenever the heavens align with immaculate precision, be sure to wrinse the honey from your blouse lest you seek to cavort as a misfit."

                  Yeah, like he was John Lennon or nuthin'.

                  Anyways, milk cummin' outta yr nose gaht its plus points, I guess.

                  Cain't twerk muh nostrils like muh butt, but I would want always to figure on the necessary abominable discharge.

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                  HUNNEY coming out my nose
                  Don't git me startid ...
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    Way cool. Guests showed up with champagne and "Moon Pies" - pretty neat to watch but it got cold for a bit.
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    • Profile picture of the author discrat
      The herd mentality wins out for this one.
      I must say it's funny to see the human species go 'ga-ga' over such matters. And the way the Media hypes this event
      is like nothing I have seen in a long time.

      Btw, i was literally stuck in a patient waiting room for my annual physical while the doctor and nurses literally left the office to go outside and view the darkness lol

      Which makes me wonder; maybe if we showed the same level of Passion we had over this eclipse as we have towards being kind and caring for one another... well maybe just maybe the World would be a much better place to live in!!

      Just sayin'
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        Originally Posted by discrat View Post

        Which makes me wonder; maybe if we showed the same level of Passion we had over this eclipse as we have towards being kind and caring for one another... well maybe just maybe the World would be a much better place to live in!!

        Just sayin'
        I concur, especially if that means I only need to be kind and caring once in my lifetime.
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