Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Solar Eclipse 2017 a Cross Country Community Celebration

How the Sun started the day on Solar Eclipse 2017
from Long Beach Island, New Jersey
Photo Mary Ann Fiebert

 Just another extraordinary peaceful rising of the sun on a glorious morning.

Photos Jessie Rassau
Eclipse Pool Party 
Greenville, North Carolina

Pool party with family and friends> We started to see the eclipse about 1:30 p.m. but it was at its fullest at 2:47 p.m. It didn't get fully dark here but it looked like a storm was coming on, It was a very cool experience and the glasses worked great!! We also used a welding helmet. 



Ben Magaziner
Shadows of leaves during eclipse
Portland, Oregon

Bob Radoslovich
Asheville, North Carolina

Home safe . Had a good time. We met a lot of fun and funny people. Cell phone picture simply does not convey the intricate movement of the celestial clock. But wanted to send what I could.


Kathryn Giorgianni and family in Greenville, South Carolina.

My family and I attended the eclipse event hosted by Furman University, which is just north of Greenville, SC and in the zone of the total eclipse.

The university was very well organized for parking a large crowd (they also had new student orientation today), and for the eclipse, they had an area by their athletics field with various family activities. In the football stadium for the main event, they had the marching band playing, and one of their professors narrating for the eclipse itself.

As the eclipse started, it really was hard to detect any effect until the moon was more than 50% across the sun. From there until about 85%, it felt about the equivalent of wearing sunglasses. After that point, it started to feel oddly dim, like a cloudy day but with the sun still shining. Our solar viewers allowed us to see the crescent of the sun getting smaller and smaller, and we noticed the sun coming through the leaves was forming a bunch of crescent shapes; we realized the hundreds of leaves were acting like a bunch of pinhole cameras.

However, the really amazing part was the total eclipse itself. As the last bit of the sun disappeared behind the moon, it suddenly got much darker, like twilight, although you could still see light on the horizon where the moon's shadow hadn't fallen yet. We were able to take off our solar viewers and could see the moon had became a black circle with the sun's corona visible like a white halo all around it and blue/black sky with stars peaking out as the background.

It was an amazing site, and a great event to be a part of!


 Photos from Allyson Muller,  James Island, South Carolina

We were really nervous that the eclipse wouldn't be visible because of cloud cover.  It was spotty all day.  We were extremely lucky though and for one minute and ten seconds we had a clear view of totality.  It was spectacular!  During totality we saw a beautiful aura around the moon with a surprising pinkish purple glow along the bottom.  The most wonderful part was sharing such a beautiful experience with family and friends. 

Back to Long Beach Island, New Jersey with 75% Totality, a similar experience in the timing the coverage began around 1:23 p.m.and the height/midpoint around 2:46 p.m. Clouds also started to form at peak time but we were able to see with glasses as the sun peaked in and out of the clouds. It was a fun experience with a noticeable temperature drop. It did not get very dark but had an overcast look like possible pain coming it and then the moon traveled the second half of its journey and the sun came back in full force.

Dave (PA) Brian and Julie (New Hampshire)

Kristen and Adelaide

A happy event where people came together for a joyful event. We need more days like this!

Harry Moore and family checking in from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Day to Night and Night to Day



Monday, August 21, 2017

Upcoming Week Events Aug. 21

Eclipse events listed on Friday Aug. 18

Aug. 21 Solar Eclipse Unless you have been living under a rock or in a cave you know it is not Fake News. The United States is in for a solar eclipse treat especially if you are in the total direct path. See NASA link or my Friday link for events that are happening.

Aug. 21 Widener University hosts an open house 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for individuals 50 and older to see the facilities, met the instructors and learn about courses offered in the fall. Meet in the Wyman Room insie the University Center, 1 University place, Chester, PA. Parking is reserved in the Old Main lot. Call Bridget Thompson at 610-499-4279 or email OLLI@widener.edu to reserve a spot at the open house or to get a current course catalog.

Aug. 22 Guided Bird Walks at Valley Forge National Historical Park 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Aug. 22  NASA Television will broadcast a conversation between NASA's newest astronaut candidates and members of the Expedition 52 crew, who currently are working and living aboard the International Space Station, at 12:45 p.m. EDT Tuesday, followed immediately by the news conference. NASA’s astronaut candidates are: Kayla Barron, Zena Cardman, Raja Chari, Matthew Dominick, Bob Hines, Warren “Woody” Hoburg, Dr. Jonny Kim, Robb Kulin, Jasmin Moghbeli, Loral O’Hara, Dr. Francisco “Frank” Rubio and Jessica Watkins.

Aug. 22 Family Movie Night sponsored by Crozer-Keystone Broomall Free Admission and Popcorn to Disney's Moana (2017) Rated PG shown at Crozer-Keystone 30 Lawrence Road in Broomall.

Aug. 23 Mixed Media Still Life Workshop at Middletown Free Library 10:30 a.m. Must register to attend. Call the library or register online.

Aug. 23 PAWS for Reading at Middletown Free Library recommended for ages 5+ sponsored by Media Veterinary Hospital. 10 minute slots for children to read out loud on a first come basis 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Aug. 23 Haverford Concert Series The Big Jangle ( a tribute to Tom Petty) with Grateful Rob at Westgate Hills Pavilion,1614 Rose Tree Lane in Havertown. Tickets $5 in advance, $10 day of the show Children 12 and under free.

Aug. 23 Film Viewing of Groundswell Rising: Protecting Our Children's Air and Water at Media's Borough Hall Community Room 301 N. Jackson St. in Media at 7:30 p.m. This documentary about health and the environmental risks of fracking is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Central Delaware County. Admission is free but donations are always welcome.

Aug. 23 Thunder Over the Boardwalk, Atlantic City, Air Show.,

Aug. 24 Out of Order, Brian Kors Live Music in Swarthmore, at the borough amphitheater, 121 Park Avenue 6 - 9 p.m.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Ready for the Eclipse

August 21 Eclipse Events
(the party has already begun)

It will be a unique experience and who doesn't love a unique experience. The important thing is every body comes home safe and sound. Keep your sunny side up and no mooning!

I will not be traveling anywhere south or west to see the eclipse and I am a tad jealous of those that are. I simply hate to miss anything. I will, however, remain in place among the partials with my certified (I hope) cardboard glasses and wait to hear the stories of what is was like. In case you miss it, and you want to kick yourself, another eclipse will pass this way again in 2024, well not exactly this way but closer. Texas to Maine will get a chance with Ohio being our closest neighbor to be in the zone. There is plenty of time now to make a plan and get reservations.

Ways to Watch online

On NOVA that night (Aug. 21) Eclipse Over America, a recap, 9 p.m. on PBS.

What will the weather be in your viewing area? check with NOAA

What time will it happen? depends on where you are watching check the NASA interactive map, click on your location it will tell you the Start Maximum and End in UT time.

Viewing the Eclipse in National Parks. 8 events.

Solar Eclipse 2017, Yes there are apps for that! and NASA has a list some are free. 

To date four manufacturers have certified that their eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers meet the ISO 12312-2 international standard for such products: Rainbow Symphony, American Paper Optics, Thousand Oaks Optical, and TSE 17.

Protect Your Eyes usa.gov recommendations on Facebook LIVE https://www.facebook.com/USAgov/videos/10155286249358580/

CDC recommendations: Protecting Your Eyes During the Eclipse
https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety Required ISO 12312-2 international safety standards. The only way to look directly at the sun when it’s not eclipsed or is only partly eclipsed is with a special solar filter, such as eclipse glasses or a handheld solar viewer. Goggles, homemade filters, or sunglasses, even very dark ones, will not protect your eyes. Also, always avoid looking at the sun through an unfiltered camera, smartphone, telescope, or any other optical device. You’ll need to add a certified solar filter to these devices to safely look at the sun.

NASA Printable Pinhole Projectors 
https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/2d3d-printable-pinhole-projectors. Must have a 3D printer to print that one or have close ties to someone that does!

Franklin Institute: Make your own pinhole camera instructions: https://www.fi.edu/summer-of-space/eclipse/pinhole-camera

Aug. 21 Select Krispy Kreme locations will give there signature glaze doughnut  a chocolate sheen for the upcoming eclipse.

Aug. 21 Solar Eclipse, Official NASA Page link.

Aug. 21: Solar Eclipse. Live video streams of the total solar eclipse from NASA Television and locations across the country will be available on NASA's Eclipse Live page. For more information on the eclipse, including locations for viewing across the country and safety information from NASA, visit NASA's Eclipse 2017 website.

DCCC is inviting the public to a solar viewing in the STEM Center on the Marple Campus, 901 S. Media Line Road in Media. Visit the astronomy lab Room 4401 noon - 4 p.m. The partial eclipse will reach a maximum approximately 2 p.m. Telescopes will b configured for solar observation. Visitors make also make a pinhole eclipse viewer and watch live nationwide coverage.

Local Library Aug. 21 Solar Eclipse Party 1 - 4 p.m. at Darby Free Library. Part of NASA@My Library. Darby is one of 75 libraries of NASA@My Library.

 Local Library Aug. 21 Solar Eclipse Viewing Party at Middletown Free Library 2 -3:30 p.m.

Local Library Aug. 21 Norwood Public Library will hold a safe viewing education and hands on activities about the Solar Eclipse from 1 - 3 p.m. The first 50 people will receive solar viewing glasses.

TEDTalk You Owe It To Yourself To See A Total Eclipse

SunShot Spotlight: Solar Eclipse 2017. How will it effect solar powered electricity

Total Eclipse of the Sun advice from energy.gov

Plan Your Eclipse Party (Ideas from NASA) 

Who is hosting Events near You? NASA tells you where the party is 

Pacific Northwest National Wildlife Refuge Solar Eclipse Watch 

Teton Total Solar Eclipse Pocket Sized Survival Guide download

Aug. 21 Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge Sol at Eclipse Watch Party…..………….. from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Refuge Headquarters and auto tour route Grab the best seat in the house and watch the 2017 Solar Eclipse as it passes through between 11:40 a.m. to 2:34 p.m. (total eclipse starts at 1:07 p.m.). Learn about "Creatures of the Night" that are here at the refuge.

Last minute tips on Safely Watching the Solar Eclipse from the Department of the Interior.

Also of interest observe wildlife and your pets reaction and nature, temperature change and the shadows, especially leaves on the the ground. DO NOT LOOK UP WITHOUT PROPER PROTECTION.

Soundtrack in my humble opinion 
Pink Floyd can be found on Youtube 
(already on my IPOD I am hooked up)

On the menu

Start your day with eggs, sunny side up

end you day with

moon cakes or moon pie.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Weekend Aug 18 - 20

Aug. 18 - 20 Bead Fest Philadelphia Expo. 
Aug. 19-20 Festival of Flight Air Show and Car Show at New Garden Airfield

Aug. 19 Secrets and Spies at Valley Forge National Historical Park meet at Washington's Headquarters Train Station 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Aug. 19  Muhlenberg Living History Days at Valley Forge National Historical Park.

Aug. 19 High Seas Pirate Day at Fort Mifflin 10 a.m.

Aug 19 Fife and Drum Party at the Museum of the American Revolution 12 p.m.

Aug. 19 Super Solar Saturday Family Friends and Art Day Doors open at 12:30 p.m. The Mann Music Center campus will be transformed into a space themed park with roving Star War characters. Hidden Figures screening 7 p.m.

Aug. 19 and 20 Select Krispy Kreme locations will give there signature glaze doughnut  a chocolate sheen for the upcoming eclipse during limited hours.

Aug. 20 Tri State Jazz Society Concert in the Duke Gallery of the Community Arts Center in Wallingford 2 - 4:30 p.m. Richard Dowling - Solo Piano.

Now through Aug. 27 Preservation: Clay Studio Collaboration 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Hill.Physick.Keith House 321 S. 4th Street in Philadelphia. 

Aug. 28 Deadline to order Senior National Park Lifetime Pass for $10 online or through the mail is $20. (must be 62 or older). The rate will go up to $80. 

Eclipse events listed on Friday  so you have the whole weekend to prepare for Eclipse Day.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

10 Plus Capitol Complex Gems, Charleston, West Virginia

I had this post planned for a while and the timing seems to fit. I was in West Virginia in March and learned a lot about the area by just walking around the Capitol Complex. I suppose at any time a monument or tribute here could be called into question but by removing it you don't take away what happened or erase that history. Many mistakes have occurred in our nations history. Isn't it better to acknowledge that this happened and learn from those missteps? When I walked around, I learned things about the area I would never have known if any of these statues were removed.

On Jun 20, 1863 West Virginia became the only state born from the Civil War. She split from the heavily supported Confederate State of Virginia.

The capital of West Virginia switched from Wheeling to Charleston in 1870 back to Wheeling and finally settled on Charleston as the capitol in 1885.

Cass Gilbert of Zanesville, Ohio was the West Virginia Capitol Building architect. You may have seen a few of his other creations. The Woolworth Building in New York City, the world's first skyscraper, the United States Treasury and the U.S. Supreme Court buildings in Washington, D.C. along with the capitol buildings of Minnesota and Arkansas all were designed by Gilbert. It was dedicated June 20, 1932 on the state's 69th birthday.

Directly in front of the building is the statue, Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight, based on a poem by Vachel Lindsay. The sculptor was Fred Martin Torrey.

Words from the poem

It is portentous, and a thing of state
That here at midnight, in our little town
A mourning figure walks, and will not rest...

The statue of Lincoln invokes a lot of emotion.

Walter Martens of Charleston designed the Governor's Mansion completed in 1925.

Holly Grove Mansion built in 1815 was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. It was originally the home of David Ruffner, an early founder of the salt industry in Kanawha Valley.

All three of the above buildings face the Kanawha River in a beautiful and prestigious setting. The area is also a hub for cultural events.

Across from the Capitol Building stands a Zero Mile Marker

A stature of Stonewell Jackson stands on the SE corner on the front lawn of the Capitol Complex in West Virginia. It was dedicated by the Daughters of the Confederacy. Stonewall is one of those controversial statues that crops up ever once and a while that bothers people. The Civil War wasn't all that good to Jackson either if you read his history. An identical statue is featured at VMI parade grounds. It was sculpted by former Virginia Military Institute graduate Moses Ezekiel, a veteran Confederate soldier. Stonewell Jackson was a teacher at VMI.

The Union Soldier located at the SW corner was erected in 1930 by the Union  Soldiers Memorial and Sailor Commission. It honors and recognizes West Virginians that served in the Civil War.

Of course I am slightly spoiled to live in a state that possess the original Liberty Bell but I had to go all the way to West Virginia to learn this tidbit in history. On the far side of the building in line with the rotunda stands a replica of the Liberty Bell cast in France. To promote U.S. Savings Bonds in 1950, fifty-three bells were made and each capitol building in each state has one. Google it, here is the map. Check your state capital.

Also on the far side, a Booker Taliaferro Washington Monument, born a slave died an American Hero. He lifted the veil of ignorance from his people and pointed the way to progress in industry and education, is inscribed in stone.

The Mountaineer Statue is significant in detail and represents the heroic Mountain Men who held off the area until the Union troops arrived. I was a little down heartened when I saw the picture wasn't that clear to highlight the details and then I read about the sculptor, H.K. Bush Brown. His work is on display at the Gettysburg Battlefield so I must have seen that. He did the General George Meade on horseback, of course I have seen that and he did the soldier in front of the Union League in Philadelphia and he also did Mad Anthony Wayne in Valley Forge. So, some of us pass by this man's work on a regular basis. Give him a little nod next time. He has done a lot of relevant dedications the ones I noted are in the Philadelphia area.  I love when the Philadelphia connection happens in another state.

Brown's other works

Meade- Gettysburg

Reynolds- Gettysburg 

1st Regiment Infantry National Guard - Philadelphia Union League

General "Mad" Anthony Wayne - Valley Forge, PA
There is a rumor that when General Wayne married Mary Penrose their wedding reception was in Nether Providence and I believe it to be so. I would be "mad" if it wasn't true.

Back to the Charleston,West Virginia Capitol Campus

West Virginia Coal Miner Memorial designed by Burl Jones in 2002 represents the hard men and women of the mining industry and important natural resource for the area.

The military monuments are also worth the stop and pause.

Thank you to all that serve and have served and to the families 
that support our troops.