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.
Shadows of leaves during eclipse
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
Elyse (90) and Bruce (93)
traveling from Denver, Colorado to Wyoming
.....started out fine but was a huge disappointment to Bruce as well as a smaller one to me. Bruce spent a great deal of time out of researching the trajectory of the eclipse with maps on line plus reading and TV news. He used his cartographer's experience to map out the best route (with traffic patterns in mind) plus the mileage and the travel time. I was reading the new book, American Eclipse by David Baron.
We ended up about 28 miles short of his chosen destination which was Torrington, WY...due to???...not leaving early enough? my choosing an alternate route around Cheyenne based on road signs? who knows?
I assume that you have a Wyoming road map from your earlier trip to visit Randy so I will give you details. Bruce paid attention to the discussion leading up to the eclipse and chose an alternate route out of Colorado which did not connect with I25 (notoriously crowded on a regular daily basis) and we joined I25 near the Wyoming border. It was Bruce's plan to take that route straight through Cheyenne and head for Wheatland and then to Torrington. I was driving and saw a sign that directed us east on Route 80 and then north on Route 213. So we took it and it was great ...75 miles / hour and well spaced traffic. We made very good time. However, it was a long side trip and ate up time and it became clear to Bruce that we would not make Torrington by the time of the eclipse...maybe 30 miles short. He was SO disappointed!
So we did what everyone else in our vicinity did...pulled off the road into a little used entry path into an empty large grassy ranch land, got out the glasses and watch the partial eclipse. That was about 95% but was not what we had hoped for At the very end there was a shiny sliver on the bottom right of sun....all of the rest was covered. And when we looked to the north it was very, very dark.
Bruce is going to read this before I send it to make corrections as necessary. But you might want to pull up today's Denver Post and read the page 1 article on the local eclipse by a reporter who did see that total eclipse. It is very good.