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    The temp dropped 4 degrees so I went out and looked for a fraction of a second and saw that it is about two thirds covered. I'm still seeing white flashes so this method might not be the best, but it's getting pretty dim out there right now so I think I'll go out and have another look, I think it's only at 100% for a minute or so.

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    Nope, still about two thirds and the temp has dropped a total of 5 degrees so far. I think I'll call it a day though, these white flashes are getting worse.

    It's pretty dark out there right now and there's not a cloud in the sky. Maybe I'll chance one more look in a minute or two. I should at least be able to figure out if it's waning or waxing by then.

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    I think it's waning so I guess I missed it. I just had a quick look at it using a welding helmet with auto-darkening lens and it's still too bright.

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    It appeared that the auto-darkening feature wasn't working. I don't know if that's normal for sun viewing or if the lens is actually defective. It's a confounding perplexion at this point.

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    Well then, now that I've had my almost total eclipse of the retinas, I think I feel a lot better.

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    The owner of the helmet said it could be a bad lens but it did work at one time, back when he was a welder. The lens is only tinted somewhat in normal light but when there's a sudden bright light, such as an electric arc from a welding rod, the tint of the lens almost instantly darkens and is supposed to stay dark until the bright light is weakened or stopped. This one didn't appear to be working at all. We gave 'er a good go though didn't we. So we run into a few door casings once in a while, it's for the good of science and medicine.

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    My area was just below the path of totality, so I guess that means I wouldn't have seen 100% obstruction of the sun even if I had proper eye protection and stood out there watching at the right time.

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    I was just 50 miles or so south of the path of totality's southern edge so I would have seen about 95% obstruction of the sun which would still be too bright to view without proper filtering. You must be in the path of totality, which was about 70 miles wide, and have a 100% eclipse to view the event without eye protection safely, and then only for a minute or so.

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    Simply being in the path of totality insures you'll have 100% obstruction. This and future paths of totality have already been calculated, from what I gather, and are apparently accurate to a half mile. If I was that serious I could've researched and prepared, but I wasn't, thus the occasional lamp post in the face. But at least I know what the deal is now, in case I'm still alive for the next one which I think they said was 2025.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atom View Post
    Simply being in the path of totality insures you'll have 100% obstruction. This and future paths of totality have already been calculated, from what I gather, and are apparently accurate to a half mile. If I was that serious I could've researched and prepared, but I wasn't, thus the occasional lamp post in the face. But at least I know what the deal is now, in case I'm still alive for the next one which I think they said was 2025.
    I assume you're able to see today?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cryren8972 View Post
    I assume you're able to see today?
    Yes. I was just kidding about the door casings and lamp posts. I only glanced at it for less than a second three different times.

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    "The next total solar eclipse here in the U.S. will be on April 8, 2024, which will be visible from Texas to New England. More total eclipses in the U.S. will follow in 2044, 2045 and 2078. In other parts of the world, the next total solar eclipse will be visible in Chile and Argentina on July 2, 2019."

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