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Why Scientists Are So
Excited About This Solar Eclipse

NBC News, by Shannon Hall

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 3/20/2017 10:13:19 PM

Darkness settles in. The soft colors of morning quickly dampen and shadows sharpen. As you look up, the sun transforms into a black hole, winter constellations appear, and the seldom-seen corona — that ghostly halo of light that wraps around the sun´s surface — becomes visible. The temperature plummets causing birds to grow quiet, farm animals to shuffle to their barns, and crickets to begin their nightly tune. (Snip) On August 21, 2017, that shadow will sweep across North America as millions revel in a total solar eclipse. It´s the first one to grace the continental United States since 1979 and the first to run from sea

Something to prepare for and see later this summer. Prepare for the local soothsayers to decry that the "end is near." (It´s on a Monday...workday).


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 3/20/2017 10:31:49 PM     (No. 11196263)

Let me guess: Because it will get them some grant money? Because it will prove the case for anthropogenic global catastrophe (pick one). Because they get a free university paid vacation to the Shawnee National Forest?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: caljeepgirl, 3/20/2017 10:40:31 PM     (No. 11196277)

My 30-something sons weren´t even born when that last one came through! They´re REALLY in for a treat!!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Fosterdad, 3/20/2017 11:07:53 PM     (No. 11196308)

I´m only 3 hours from Southern Illinois, which will be a great place to see it. I definitely plan to go. But with my luck, it´ll be cloudy that day.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter, 3/21/2017 2:00:16 AM     (No. 11196370)

Sorry, Shannon - I was in Hawaii during the 1991 eclipse. Similar hype preceded that one, too. The day arrived, the sun came up, it got dark, and then sunny again. Nothing more. Local television reporters waited breathlessly at the zoo to report on the anticipated confusion among the animals - nothing. I did witness some bizarre behavior, though, from a fried-out chick on the beach in tears, describing how primal it all was.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: rosefenn, 3/21/2017 4:34:46 PM     (No. 11197073)

I will be in Wood River, Nebraska with my eclipse glasses on. I have been waiting for this for 20 years! It´s only 5 months out! I can´t wait!

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