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I saw the 23 Oct 2014 N America partial solar eclipse

  1. Oct 24, 2014 #1
    I saw it yesterday. I live in the Pacific Northwest, which was clouded over. But at about 2:45 - 3:00 PM PDT, at local maximum eclipse, there was a break in the lower clouds, and I could see the Sun through the upper clouds. It was rather fuzzy-looking, but I could see a bite out of it from the north. That "bite" was, of course, the Moon getting in the way, and right where one would expect it to be.

    I also watched it at Welcome to the Slooh Community Observatory to explore the cosmos and at Official Site: Griffith Observatory Los Angeles, CA. One could also have watched it from NASA Television | NASA.

    Some upcoming eclipses, all total:

    NASA - Lunar Eclipse Page
    2015 Apr 04 -- 12:01:24 GMT -- Asia, Aus., Pacific, Americas
    2015 Sep 28 -- 02:48:17 GMT -- E Pacific, Americas, Europe, Africa, W Asia

    NASA - Solar Eclipse Page
    2015 Mar 20 -- 09:46:47 GMT -- N Atlantic, Faeroe Islands, Spitzbergen
    2016 Mar 09 -- 01:58:19 GMT -- Sumatra, Borneo, Sulawesi, Pacific
    2017 Aug 21 -- 18:26:40 GMT -- N Pacific, contiguous US, S Atlantic

    Richard Carrier's master's thesis: Cultural History of the Lunar and Solar Eclipse in the Early Roman Empire about culture clashes between educated people, who often knew of the shadow theory of eclipses, and ordinary people, who often preferred to believe in the monster and sorcerer theories of eclipses. Some educated people got annoyed at all the noise that common people would make to try to stop lunar eclipses, and charlatans would often make a pretense of being able to stop them.

    The monster theory of eclipses is a widespread prescientific belief; the monster is a wolf or a bear or a jaguar or a frog or a dragon or ...

    The first known advocate of the shadow theory, however, was Anaxagoras of Clazomenae, who lived about 510 - 428 BCE.

    Finally, there is a connection of this event to a boy getting a haircut from his father. What might it be?
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  3. Oct 24, 2014 #2


    Staff: Mentor

    I forgot about it but I think I would only have been able to see a partial eclipse from Texas according to the paper.

    In reference to your boy and the eclipse I found this joke:

  4. Oct 24, 2014 #3
    I happened to be outside around the time of the eclipse but unfortunately the sky was very overcast.
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