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Totality was a Wow!

23 Aug 2017, 18:27 UTC
Totality was a Wow!
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It has been two days since I stood in the shadow of totality and wow! I’m still processing the mental images I gathered while watching this amazing event. It was completely overwhelming and spectacular. This eclipse was also a reminder that the solar system hands us some mind-blowing events to experience.
Mind you, it wasn’t my first eclipse “rodeo”. We’ve been chasing totality (when we can) since our first in 1979. I estimated last night that we’ve experienced 24 minutes and 33 seconds of eclipse darkness over seven eclipses. For two of them, we had to put up with some cloudiness during at least part of the time. It’s a respectable amount of “umbral” experience. And, that doesn’t count all the partials and annulars and lunar events we’ve watched.
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John Bally sharing astronomy insights during AstroCon in Casper, WY.
We experienced the August 21, 2017, eclipse from the centerline cutting through Casper, Wyoming. The town celebrated it with festivals, concerts, great food, and a true western welcome. We attended the Astronomy League’s annual meeting, called AstroCon. I joined a stellar crew of speakers there. My talk was about professional-amateur cooperation in astronomy research. Mr. ...

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