… And Everything Under the Sun is in Tune

Enjoying the eclipse in style

Eclipse

Wow! What an event. The eclipse of 2017 turned out to be everything that it was hyped to be. As early ago as yesterday, it was still looking a little dubious whether or not we would be able to see it as we were forecasted to have mostly cloudy skies during the time of the eclipse. Would the weather hold true to its promise? As you can see, the forecast was once again wrong, although at the time of this writing, it is now mostly cloudy outside.

I worked to get setup for the eclipse and it was muggy and hot. I thought for sure that I would either be spending a good chunk of the eclipse inside and be outside for the 45 minutes or so before the eclipse but that turned out to not be the case.

Soon after the eclipse started, the temperature began to drop. I knew that this would be a possibility, but I don’t know if it was due to a front moving through or the eclipse itself causing the cool down, I’ll have to look into that later.

Eclipse shadows
Weird shadows

Halfway There

About halfway through the eclipse, there was a definite dimming of the sky. Strange shadows from the trees had the appearance of waves flowing over the ground. It was indeed a strange site. I suppose I should define weird. All the shadows of leaves seemed to have a crescent shape to them. It was this crescent shape and the movement of the shadows that caused them to look like water waves.

About twenty minutes before totality, nocturnal instincts of animals started to kick in. The crickets chirped, some other nocturnal bugs started crawled onto the patio. Thankfully, I did not see any snakes. Birds started returning to their nests. Thor went into bedtime mode and retired to his room.

Thor's eclipse glasses
Thor, not liking the glasses

The Darkside of the Moon

I am happy to report that my experiment of syncing Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon seemed to be almost perfect. I did take video, but it did not turn out too well for a variety of reasons but the major one of which was that a train was going by at the time of totality. Other night animals started in the form of neighbors shooting off fireworks during totality.

While I did not see any stars, I did see at least one planet, I’m assuming it to be Jupiter. I began shooting away with

the camera at totality, I had just under 2 minutes. The best one I took is at the top of this article. I missed the ‘diamond ring’ image due to taking in the scenery with my own eyes, but I don’t regret it.

This has been billed as a once in a lifetime event, but I hope to get to Texas in 2024 for that one. Based on the cost of hotel rooms in Kearney ($7k+ if booked close to eclipse time) I may need to make reservations soon.

 

Edited – Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon timed to the August 21 eclipse

Edit: Start time changed to 12:15:20 PM.

Pink Floyd is one of my favorite bands. I have to admit that when I first heard about the total eclipse of August 21, 2017, The Dark Side of the Moon didn’t immediately pop into my head until just recently. I’m certain it is not a new idea to time TDSotM to the time of totality of the eclipse, but to me, this is something that is right at the top of my bucket list. I know, I’m strange.

The first thing I needed to do was to find out when the totality of the eclipse would occur where I live. Luckily the Eclipse 2017 website has that information readily available. My local time for totality is 12:57:30 PM.

The second thing I needed to do was to find the time to the apex of the song Eclipse on TDSotM. This sounds simple, but can be a little complicated depending on which version of the album you have and how its stored. For me, I have the album on iTunes from the 20th Anniversary Edition, so the time to the apex for me is 42:10. Using this time should get you in the right neighborhood for a pretty good coinciding time for the eclipse.

Finally, subtract the time 42:10 from the time of totality. Again, for me, this is 12:57:30 PM. If all goes right, the time for me to start playing TDSotM is at 12:15:20 PM. Over the next few days, I am going to do some testing to make sure this time works correctly but I think it will.

Good luck to all who plan on trying this.