I was on a chairlift at Copper Mountain in Colorado during this one
in 1979. Apparently it was the last one before next Monday. It was not a disappointment at all.
That sounds like an almost ideal viewing choice--no fuss, no muss, and so what if you didn't see totality. I'll be fine with whatever amount of eclipse there is here in Laramie, and let it go at that. It sounds like it could be a real zoo all along the path at all the spots nearby that you could drive to.
Going to Casper, or up I-25, is likely to be pretty crowded. But if you could get past Bosler and then take the back roads, you wouldn't have to go very far past Garrett to get into the path of totality. 80 miles, two hour drive
I expect to be in traffic jams in Tennessee, probably.
Or I could just stay home and avoid the whole thing! I have no interest in staring straight at the sun anyway.
When I was in second grade, the 1970 eclipse mentioned in "You're So Vain" went o the east coast, but wasn't total in Massachusetts (unless it nicked Nantucket or something). I was in second grade and built a viewing box, which worked, though it wasn't until years later that I understood what I was seeing. I remember my mother saying that, although we couldn't go someplace where it would be total, there would be one when I was a teenager and maybe I could drive out west to see it. 1979 was my senior year in high school, and driving out west in February wasn't in the cards. And although there have been eclipses on other place in the interim, this is, as Charlie notes, the next one in the lower 48 since then, and one way or another, the road trip with Stephen will be an adventure. I did see the annular in 1994 in New Hampshire, which was quite cool, and I'll also likely head up to Vermont in 2024. But Charlie, Copper wasn't in the path of totality in 1979. Did you see a partial, or were you skiing somewhere else?
I guess it was partial, but it certainly got quite dark. Mind I hadnt gone looking for it, just happened to be there that day and it was pretty cool.
Pretty sure it was Copper, but some chance it might have been Vail. I was staying with my friend Carl, who had a condo in Dillon, but it was a long time ago and my memory may be fragile. This is reminding me now of the time that saw a lunar eclipse in Phoenix in 1996, also kind of fun, but obviously not as big a deal.
Surely the moon has not changed *that* much in size between now and then, Charlie! I mean, how much could cheese in space change in size? (And even though I know most scientists lean towards cheddar, I prefer to think it might be made of gouda.)
Seems like the right shape.
It has changed in size! When I saw the eclipse in 1994, it wasn't big enough to cover up the sun!
@jjcote--the pernicious effects of inflation radiate from the Earth outwards. While it has affected the moon, as of yet, not the sun. Ergo, the moon can cover the sun now, but more is being written on this. See--no need for astronomers... Fed watchers know what is going on.
So how was it in Laramie? Stephen and I agree that 100% was way more than 1% better than 99%.
I have no idea how it was in Laramie. I wasn't there.
The moon must be where all the inflation has headed, and I am glad to hear j-man has eyes sharp enough to discern it. My eyes can't even spot the inflation here on earth!