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This supposed to be a big one plunging some areas into near complete darkness. Some crazies are saying it's not going to be the moon, but Planet X. Which is total nonsense, the whole planet X thing is, but that isn't stopping some people from complely freaking out. A planet that huge passing by the earth? Put your head between your legs and kiss your you know what because you won't live to see it.
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I will be on a farm near Hopkinsville, KY at 1:24 PM on August 21. I will let you know how it goes.
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This supposed to be a big one plunging some areas into near complete darkness. Some crazies are saying it's not going to be the moon, but Planet X. Which is total nonsense, the whole planet X thing is, but that isn't stopping some people from complely freaking out. A planet that huge passing by the earth? Put your head between your legs and kiss your you know what because you won't live to see it.
Those same crazies probably can't tell you how many planets are in our solar system either, and bet they voted for Hildebeest
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Watching the eclipse will be more 'clinically interesting' than putting my head between my legs and.......

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[QUOTEhow many planets are in our solar system ][/QUOTE It keeps changing. It was nine, then it was eight. Probably stay at eight, though there is a movement to bring it back as the ninth. If that happens, though, there may be larger numbers involved as there have been discoveries of other "dwarf planets" with orbits in the Kuiper Belt beyond Pluto.
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I will be on a farm near Hopkinsville, KY at 1:24 PM on August 21. I will let you know how it goes.
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That's to bad Pete, NY is supposed to get a front row seat. I don't know about KY.
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I know you guys already know this. But don't try to look at it with the naked eye, not even with sunglasses.
A pair of dark welders goggles or a welding hood is what Sunspot observatory in NM is recommending.

By the way, good post Pete. Deep space observatories are now finding asteroids in the belt which are 50% that of Pluto.
They contend, if there is enough mass to make it form any kind of a sphere it is a planet.
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I know you guys already know this. But don't try to look at it with the naked eye, not even with sunglasses.
A pair of dark welders goggles or a welding hood is what Sunspot observatory in NM is recommending.

By the way, good post Pete. Deep space observatories are now finding asteroids in the belt which are 50% that of Pluto.
They contend, if there is enough mass to make it form any kind of a sphere it is a planet.
I thought that I remembered that nothing under a shade 14 was safe so I looked it up and that is what I found on several websites devoted to viewing solar eclipses. I used to keep a fair supply of spare lenses back in my working days of various shades to use depending on what size rod I was burning but I never needed one as dark as a 14. The last solar eclipse we had before I retired I ran out of lenses from doubling them up to be dark enough to safely look at the sun and loaning them out to various employees. Even the two ladies that worked in the office came borrowing lenses. Every one was returned and no one broke one.

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I thought that I remembered that nothing under a shade 14 was safe so I looked it up and that is what I found on several websites devoted to viewing solar eclipses. I used to keep a fair supply of spare lenses back in my working days of various shades to use depending on what size rod I was burning but I never needed one as dark as a 14. The last solar eclipse we had before I retired I ran out of lenses from doubling them up to be dark enough to safely look at the sun and loaning them out to various employees. Even the two ladies that worked in the office came borrowing lenses. Every one was returned and no one broke one.
I thought it was a 12 but you may be right. Our office girls were running out there and doing the same thing lol.
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I thought it was a 12 but you may be right. Our office girls were running out there and doing the same thing lol.
google viewing a solar eclipse and you will get a bunch of websites. All that I looked at that mention using a welding lens will specify a #14. This makes me think of an old farmboss from tears ago that was always after everyone to wear their safety glasses. He would tell us after every safety meeting, "Remember, you are using the only two eyes you will ever have. Take care of them."

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