Though the skies were partly cloudy, my friend D and I were graced with a clear view of the total eclipse today, as we sat on the shores of Lake Marion in Summerton, South Carolina a few yards from the centerline of the path of totality. It was such a quick 2 1/2 minutes of total eclipse! We were so fortunate and my heart goes out to people who were hoping, and especially those who traveled far whose views were totally obscured by clouds.

We saw it. We both missed the first diamond ring because we didn't know you should take off the glasses while you still see a tiny sliver of orange, but we saw the ending diamond ring right before we put our glasses back on. I saw red-pink Baily's beads around parts of the moon's circumference during most of totality--at least I think I did--I didn't know you could see them the whole time. We got to see the wispy corona--I know they vary per eclipse--I think

I didn't register the temp dropping as the moon covered more of the sun, just that I wasn't sweltering anymore and I was feeling really comfortable, so it probably dropped 20 degrees from the 90's to the 70's. Afterwards, when D mentioned it, I was "oh yeah, the temp did drop!"

What was very wonderful is that just before totality, the cicadas in the beautiful Spanish Moss adorned pines and oaks behind us started singing.--so we got the critter special effects as well.

The clouds were pretty sunset on the horizon. We didn't see a lot of stars come out. The brightest one was way off to the right at 3 o'clock--west--I wonder if it was Jupiter or Venus? There was a dim star very close to the eclipse at 11 o'clock--was that mercury?

Another cool thing is before the totality, I remembered to run up and look at the sand under a tree on the edge of the beach and saw tons of tiny crescent suns reflected through the leaves--got pics of those I will post when I can upload them. Thank you [personal profile] spiralsheep for turning me on to that--an awesome special effect. I might have seen some of the pre-eclipse gravity bands on a light gray metal sheets on the pier, but I'm not sure.

As the eclipse receded, the sky looked very dark southeast of us over the lake--I wondered if we were seeing the shadow falling on the clouds out toward Charleston and the shoreline--where it was reported to be cloudy--I don't know if anyone got to see it there--haven't had time to look at reports.

We were so lucky because there were clouds that at times totally obscured the sun as it was receding. D thinks she saw reflections of the moon's face (the man in the moon) on the sun's surface as the moon was receding.

It wasn't a life changing experience, maybe because I'm so wowed by so many of nature's details that many people don't take time to notice--(Eee to see palm trees out in the wild and Spanish moss again!), but it makes me feel very lucky and grateful because it would have been so easy for the view to have eluded us behind chance clouds that were so near. And it has been such a fun adventure to have.

And I have a wonderful new petsitter who spent the night with my cats, and Tuxie slept against her, so finally knowing I can leave my cats in security is kind of a life changing thing for me I haven't had for many years.

I will post more about this brief but wonderful adventure with pics in another post. I hope those of you who could catch the eclipse enjoyed. The viewing glasses we have now make watching even the partial eclipse so much cooler than when I was a kid. And yay for the wonderful NASA feeds--it was so cool to watch Oregon get their totality on screen just as ours was beginning outside while we were finishing lunch in The LakeHouse. What a great day! We were so lucky! Goodnight, my friends! <3<3<3
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From: [personal profile] wallace_trust

I'm glad you had such a wonderful viewing experience! :)

Mother and I were not in the path of totality, but we were at 92% with a cloudless sky. We enjoyed the eclipse very much from our back yard and we both noticed the temperature drop.

According to Popular Mechanics, the planets you saw were, from right to left:
Venus, Mars, Mercury and Jupiter.

wallace_trust: Me and my plum tree (Default)

From: [personal profile] wallace_trust

Sorry about that! I'm glad you found a sky map that accurately reflects what you saw :)
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From: [personal profile] minoanmiss

Oh that's an amazing account of an amazing event!
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From: [personal profile] spiralsheep

I'm so glad your adventure was fun and you made the most of it.

It wasn't a life changing experience, maybe because I'm so wowed by so many of nature's details that many people don't take time to notice

This is how I tend to feel about even the most WOW natural phenomena: they're WOW but then so is lichen, lol. :-D
primwood: Cat Smiling with Strawberry (Default)

From: [personal profile] primwood

That's awesome! I think to see the total eclipse would be amazing especially when things got truly dark.

At least here we saw about a 72% eclipse. The sky got not as bright, maybe orange-ish, and it did fall a bit in temperature. I saw it using the pin-in-the-cardboard technique. What I really saw was a shadow, but it was more fun than I expected. My SIL traveled to Oregon and saw the total eclipse. She had to travel about 700 miles to see that. I hope she got a good view.
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From: [personal profile] hederahelix

Congrats on a lovely trip and having good luck with the clouds.
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From: [personal profile] zlabya

What a fantastic experience--so many beautiful elements of nature. I'm glad you went and that you were so confident about your cat sitter.


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