Saw this via Facebook: “Although the 2024 solar eclipse won’t travel coast to coast within the United States, it will sweep across the North American continent, beginning in Mexico and traveling northeast toward Canada.” This time the arc is from southwest to northeast, which will end up hitting (I think) more major cities, including Dallas, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Buffalo, and Montreal. …I’ve never been to Montreal, actually. I hear that it’s an interesting place to visit and has some nice battlefields. Although Dallas will have better weather. But what am I gonna do in Dallas?
Not by me, you understand — I’m going to go out and take a gander at the 80% coverage when it peaks, assuming the sky doesn’t cloud over like it threatens to, but I got other stuff to do, too — but by the rest of the United States. Something like four percent of the population is supposed to be watching it today. I can’t imagine that there’s going to be much else going on while it’s happening.
August 21st, to be precise. The arc of totality for this one starts in the center of South Carolina and will go all the way across the country to south of Portland, Oregon: if you’re in that arc, you’ll get a total solar eclipse. If you’re not, but you’re still in the USA, you should get at least a 50% eclipse (NASA maps here) – which are interesting, too. We’re going to get close to 80% eclipse where I live; assuming that the sun’s actually out that day, I figure that I’m going to go take a gander and bring the kids out with me, too.
As Ace of Spades HQ notes, get up early: it’ll be happening just at sunrise. Complicating matters is, of course, Daily Savings Time ends tonight; which means an extra hour to sleep in / an absurd tradition that makes no sense / embrace the healing power of ‘and,’ depending on who you ask. At least it’s supposed to be clear skies, where I am…
I’m stealing the title from @bdomenech, but only because it’s a perfect description of the video:
…although I have to wonder why the ancient Greeks needed to predict solar eclipses so precisely that they actually built a machine to calculate the next one. It’s not like they’re all that common, or have any physical result on the landscape… Continue reading “The Lego Antikythera Mechanism.”