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[OT] Great American Eclipse of 2017

I’m amazed at how many people aren’t yet aware of the eclipse visible from the middle United States on August 21, 2017. Hotel reservations along the route are scarce and expensive. There’s a great website where you can find out all about it: If you think that if you aren’t in the central United States that it’s not something to plan for, you’re mistaken. You need to be outside even if you’re not in the path of totality.

Universities all along the path of totality are having viewing events. Nashville is a prime viewing spot. Vanderbilt has eclipse viewing activities planned on that day, the first day of orientation for graduate students. If you’re near Portland, Oregon, you’re a reasonable drive from prime viewing spots. You might want to drive east of the Cascade mountains to safeguard against potential cloudy skies. Columbia, South Carolina is another great spot. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is another spot near the east coast to consider.

If you’re in San Francisco, Dallas, or New Orleans, 80% of the sun will be covered. That’s impressive! Brownsville, Texas and Bangor, Maine will have about 60% of the sun covered. Daytona Beach, Florida will have 90% of the sun covered. There’s really something for everybody in the 48 contiguous states.

If you miss this, the April 8, 2024 is a great eclipse for Mexico, Texas, Arkansas, Indiana, Ohio, and Maine. Alaskans have to wait until March 30, 2033 or May 11, 2097. Montana is the place to be on August 23, 2044. That’s also a great day for our Canadian neighbors in Alberta.

An eclipse is also known as a syzygy. A syzygy does not have to be an eclipse.

I wonder if fireflies will come out during totality.

Published Saturday, June 03, 2017 2:33 PM by John Paul Cook
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About John Paul Cook

John Paul Cook is a database and Azure specialist who works in Houston. He previously worked as a Data Platform Solution Architect in Microsoft's Houston office. Prior to joining Microsoft, he was a SQL Server MVP. He is experienced in SQL Server and Oracle database application design, development, and implementation. He has spoken at many conferences including Microsoft TechEd and the SQL PASS Summit. He has worked in oil and gas, financial, manufacturing, and healthcare industries. John is also a Registered Nurse who graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Master of Science in Nursing Informatics and is an active member of the Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society. He volunteers as a nurse at a clinic that treats low income and uninsured patients. Contributing author to SQL Server MVP Deep Dives and SQL Server MVP Deep Dives Volume 2. Connect on LinkedIn

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