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Arthur Kalliokoski
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February 2005
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I'm in North Carolina, and about 200 miles away from the path of totality for todays solar eclipse. The forecasts for anything reasonably close to me were partly cloudy at best, so I didn't even make the attempt at going.

But I woke up from the night shift about 2:45 pm this afternoon, and I was startled for a bit about how dark it was. "Jeez, it must be a hell of a thundercloud to make it this dark... HOLY CARP, THE ECLIPSE!"

I ran outside to a mostly sunny day (here) but the light had a weird quality, as if it was a bright artificial light instead of sunshine. I ran back inside to grab my binoculars and phone, projected the images onto the hood of my white car and posted a pic here for your amusement.

Well, darn, I can't get "Attach files" to do anything, and there isn't any "Formatting help" button any more, but here's a url on the web.

https://i.imgtc.com/iSJCXZK.jpg

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MiquelFire
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January 2003
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And in the world of Android, the moon was replaced with Oreo.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twZggnNbFqo

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Elias
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May 2000

There wasn't really any eclipse here because it was cloudy, but I took a picture out of the office window at the point when the sun would have been obscured the most. And it was a very unusual sight since normally there are no people out on the street in this district of Columbus...

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SiegeLord
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October 2006
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It was cloudy here too, but that was convenient as I could observe the eclipse unaided through the clouds:

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Mark Oates
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March 2001
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These are pictures from my work we took during the Solar Eclipse:

https://burst.shopify.com/tags/solar-eclipse

Here's one where you can see me:

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But yea! The thing I noticed the most was like you said, an artificial lighting. It was almost like everything was more gray, or the dynamic range had been reduced (lighter darks, darker lights), but different than anything else I had seen. Was pretty neat :)

Neil Roy
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April 2002
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It wasn't too bad up here in Ontario, Canada. We got about 75% coverage from what I seen.

I pulled out my old binoculars and projected the image onto some paper I had (a binder) and it looked really good.

It was a bright sunny day out, clear skies. When it was darkened a tiny bit, it was almost like more of an amber light, not terribly dark, just... noticeably dimmer.

This is a picture that was taken not far from where I live by someone else and shows what I seen as well in my projection. I called it a Pacman sun. ;D

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I have more fun showing my neighbours who came over to check out what I was looking at and talking with them. Some guys cross the street from me who work in a car garage brought out their welding mask and were passing it around to check it out which I got a kick out of. We need more things like this to bring people out of their houses and talking to each other.

Specter Phoenix
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July 2001
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I didn't bother with it. The moon passing between the earth and sun to block the light for a few minutes. Nothing impressive to me since, with my size, I can achieve the same effect simply by getting between my wife and a lamp. No worry about damaging my eyes either.

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Edgar Reynaldo
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May 2007
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Oh well, it's only one of the most impressive astronomical sights there are.
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Me I'm waiting for a supernova; yeah!

But the eclipse was pretty good.

I got a pic, but it's still on the memory card. Maybe later tonight I'll upload it.

Ariesnl
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November 2002
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Having an H-Aplha solar filter and not having the chance to use it ::):-X

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Neil Roy
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April 2002
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Specter Phoenix... you must be a lot of fun at parties.

Edgar Reynaldo
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May 2007
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Not the best ever, but its somethin'.

Original unfiltered image :
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With levels adjusted :
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Specter Phoenix
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July 2001
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Neil Roy said:

Specter Phoenix... you must be a lot of fun at parties.

Something else I don't bother with. My time is spent entirely on taking care of wife and son. For example, changing the gauze around his trach, cutting his hear (shaving it all off), and giving him a bath takes a little more than 2 hours.

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Elias
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May 2000

Those pictures make me wonder why the sun and moon have the exact same size...

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Eric Johnson
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January 2013
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Neil Roy
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April 2002
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Edgar Reynaldo
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May 2007
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Eric Johnson
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January 2013
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Facebook said:

The link you followed may have expired, or the page may only be visible to an audience you're not in.

No dice. :(

Edgar Reynaldo
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May 2007
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Eric Johnson
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January 2013
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Wow! :o Your friend Andrew took some great pictures!

Edgar Reynaldo
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May 2007
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Ben Delacob
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August 2005
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You can't do this with your shadow Specter (the effect with the trees, not just standing there):

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Specter Phoenix
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July 2001
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Yeah, I couldn't do that with my shadow because that shadow is way thinner than my shadow.

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"Through vengence I was born. Through war I was trained. Through love I was found. Through death I was released. Through release I was given a purpose." -- Specter Phoenix
"Programming == AWESOME the rest is just tools to accomplish it."
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Edgar Reynaldo
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May 2007
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