Thursday, July 6, 2017

Total Solar Eclipse 2017

We are one of the lucky ones to be in the path of the total solar eclipse in August from Oregon to South Carolina. Lots of eclipse parties will be going on, but we want to be far from the crowds and high up somewhere in the Nantahala Forest where there will be complete darkness at 2:30 pm for three minutes.

We live about an hour from the forest and among other preparations, we are trying to find the best recommended site for viewing and taking photographs.  They say the Smokey Mountains will have millions of visitors from all over the world.  I will finally be able to use that huge telephoto lens meant to take photos of the moon.  A special filter will need to be purchased as well as special viewing glasses for our eyes.

Even the US Post Office is celebrating the eclipse with special stamps.  Rub the stamp in a circular motion . . . 

. . . and the moon magically appears in front of the sun!  There are many sites to read up on this event that will not occur again for another 40 years!

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