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Eclipse - March 20 2015
« on: March 16, 2015, 10:55:59 PM »

I just wondered if anyone is going to be taking any interest at all in this so called partial eclipse which we should be experiencing on Friday?

 According to social media and the likes, we may experience power outages (but I highly doubt it %) ) ... oh and apparently it's dangerous to look at the sun!  :o %% makes the eyes go funny you see!  8)

 Can anyone remember the total eclipse we had in 1999? or does it just bore the pants off you!
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Re: Eclipse - March 20 2015
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2015, 11:05:54 PM »

Yes, I watched the 1999 eclipse from the South Downs behind Chichester with my youngest daughter and it was something special.

You will need to look out for it on Friday as unless an eclipse is close to 100% your eyes adjust to the drop in sunlight and it isn't all that obvious. No don't look directly at the sun as it wills till burn your eyes out but people never learn.

Power outages -rubbish. They are only likely if there is a large solar flare which is something completely different,

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Re: Eclipse - March 20 2015
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2015, 11:12:26 PM »

I must admit it is something which intrigues me, so I will be watching (safely).
 I certainly agree with you on the power outages, that is just social media...being social media!


No doubt there will be people who will look at the sun and quickly realise that what was once a retina, is now no longer functional!
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Re: Eclipse - March 20 2015
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2015, 11:30:59 PM »

According to social media and the likes, we may experience power outages

It's possible. It's early in the day, so after it passes everyone will go inside and put the kettle on ...

Hopefully National Grid will have anticipated this, but you never know these days (as the media keep telling us there is not enough spare capacity in the grid  O0  )

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Re: Eclipse - March 20 2015
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2015, 02:57:40 AM »

I watched the 1999 eclipse whilst parked up in a dustcart in a tiny little Sussex village out in the back of beyond...well worth going off my route to see it.
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Re: Eclipse - March 20 2015
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2015, 06:51:36 AM »


I watched the 1999 eclipse from Northampton.
Several hundred people chose to take a tea break during the event and came outside, meanwhile someone sneaked in then attempted to rob the offices!

The eclipse itself was MOST memorable. As Colin said your eye adjust automatically to the low light without notice but then the birds stopped signing and the street lights came on which did make things very eery!
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Re: Eclipse - March 20 2015
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2015, 07:14:41 AM »

I believe that we can look through a welding mask at the bow(arc).
Do not look at minutes and at minutes by caution
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Re: Eclipse - March 20 2015
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2015, 07:57:09 AM »

I watched the 1999 one from my back garden in Essex with our teenage son. Had a look thro' a 8" scope, then we projected it onto a neighbours end wall. Was a bit spooky like Martin said.
Will watch this years with a filter but no scopes.


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Re: Eclipse - March 20 2015
« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2015, 08:32:09 AM »

Hi all, I remember watching using a magnifying glass to place the image on a sheet of paper and it shows quite clearly.  I took a photo with my camera but it was not that good.
I shall be watching on Friday.
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Re: Eclipse - March 20 2015
« Reply #9 on: March 17, 2015, 08:44:36 AM »

Was the last one back in 99, doesn't seem that long ago. How is it as we get older the years seem to get faster and faster?  :o


I remember it,  I was sat in a RMC sandpit at Storrington,  West Sussex. Waiting to get loaded. I remember all the wildlife going quiet for a few minutes. It  was quite eerie.


By the way, that sandpit was used for a couple of the Dr Who filming's.
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Re: Eclipse - March 20 2015
« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2015, 08:46:19 AM »

I saw the 1999 one through the office window.  Vastly more interesting than the pile of paper on the desk.  I suspect than many won't really notice this one due to the cloud cover.
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Re: Eclipse - March 20 2015
« Reply #11 on: March 17, 2015, 09:30:48 AM »

I saw the 1999 eclipse in Abu Dhabi, we borrowed some welding shield glass from the workshop.
The whole town shut down for several hours and there was many rumours of immenant catastropies running around.
At least it gave me an extra afternoon off.
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Re: Eclipse - March 20 2015
« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2015, 09:32:06 AM »

Power outages -rubbish. They are only likely if there is a large solar flare which is something completely different,

Colin

Not so much power outages as a reduction in power produced by solar cells, we just have to hope that there is enough wind to compensate for this.

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Re: Eclipse - March 20 2015
« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2015, 10:51:05 AM »

I was in the Lakes - 100% cloud cover  <:(
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Re: Eclipse - March 20 2015
« Reply #14 on: March 17, 2015, 10:55:13 AM »

I was out on the Humber
Perfick view  :-)) :-)) :-))


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Re: Eclipse - March 20 2015
« Reply #15 on: March 17, 2015, 11:37:22 AM »

The 1999 eclipse was a great event. We watched it from our back garden - perfect viewing angle and clear skies - and projected it onto card via an open SLR camera and telephoto lens. We only got an almost total eclipse, I forget the actual percentage. Even so, the darkening was very noticeable. My children were fascinated.


This Friday I'll be teaching in school but knowing our Head Master, he'll have everyone outside if it's not cloudy. Part morning off for me, then!   :-))
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Re: Eclipse - March 20 2015
« Reply #16 on: March 17, 2015, 12:49:46 PM »

 :-).....this is why God provides at birth, a pair of sunglasses to all babies born in OZ :-))........ O0...as we do not suffer from your silly eclipse type black/brown outs.......Derek
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Re: Eclipse - March 20 2015
« Reply #17 on: March 17, 2015, 01:16:42 PM »

The total eclipse of 1984 changed my life
I was a single man,  my neighbor divorced with two young girls .
the kids looked at the eclipse with the Chinese special glasses .
I gave my masks to weld to both girls to protect the eyes  .
to thank me my neighbor offered me the coffee and the chocolate-brown cake .................. :P :P :P :kiss:

We train a family since this date .................. :kiss: >>:-( :kiss: <*< :kiss: <*< :-))
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Re: Eclipse - March 20 2015
« Reply #18 on: March 17, 2015, 01:36:57 PM »

The total eclipse of 1984 changed my life
I was a single man,  my neighbor divorced with two young girls .
the kids looked at the eclipse with the Chinese special glasses .
I gave my masks to weld to both girls to protect the eyes  .
to thank me my neighbor offered me the coffee and the chocolate-brown cake .................. :P :P :P :kiss:

We train a family since this date .................. :kiss: >>:-( :kiss: <*< :kiss: <*< :-))

 :-)) :-)) :-)) :-))

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Re: Eclipse - March 20 2015
« Reply #19 on: March 17, 2015, 02:20:55 PM »

oh and apparently it's dangerous to look at the sun!  :o %%

What sun?  Been back in the UK since saturday and we are yet to see anything resembling a yellow ball in the sky! Its been a sort of  permanent grey overcast every day. {:-{

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Re: Eclipse - March 20 2015
« Reply #20 on: March 17, 2015, 06:05:05 PM »


I watched the 1999 eclipse from Northampton.
Several hundred people chose to take a tea break during the event and came outside, meanwhile someone sneaked in then attempted to rob the offices!

The eclipse itself was MOST memorable. As Colin said your eye adjust automatically to the low light without notice but then the birds stopped signing and the street lights came on which did make things very eery!


Were they Deaf birds?, ( as they stopped signing)
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Re: Eclipse - March 20 2015
« Reply #21 on: March 17, 2015, 06:10:11 PM »

Were they Deaf birds?, ( as they stopped signing)

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Re: Eclipse - March 20 2015
« Reply #22 on: March 17, 2015, 06:14:17 PM »

Her Majesty is going to come and watch the eclipse with us. Wonder whether she'll have the cheapo glasses on too?  %%
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Re: Eclipse - March 20 2015
« Reply #23 on: March 17, 2015, 06:16:07 PM »

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The total eclipse of 1984 changed my life

You'd better just hope that this eclipse doesn't change it back again then Gazou!

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Re: Eclipse - March 20 2015
« Reply #24 on: March 17, 2015, 06:21:30 PM »

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The next eclipse in 2080, I would have died
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