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This comic is the fifth consecutive comic with a solar eclipse as the topic. On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse was visible within a band across the contiguous United States from west to east. The other comics are 1876: Eclipse Searches. 1877: Eclipse Science, 1878: Earth Orbital Diagram and 1879: Eclipse Birds. The comic is another comparison graph, like 1775: Things You Learn and 1701: Speed and Danger. It contrasts how cool something sounds and how cool it actually is. It has five points on it, Planetary Conjunction (many planets visible in night sky), Supermoon (when the moon is at its closest to Earth by far, making it appear ginormous in the sky), Lunar Eclipse (Earth's shadow falls on the moon, reverse solar eclipse), Partial Solar Eclipse (when the sun is only partly blocked) and Total Solar Eclipse (complete blockage of the sun by the moon). Total Solar Eclipse is both sounds like and is (according to randall) the coolest thing on the graph.
In the title text, Randall Munroe remarks that, without any exaggeration or hyperbole, the total solar eclipse was the coolest thing he has ever seen in his life.
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[A scatterplot, with 5 labeled dots and two labeled axes. Below are the names of the labels, first for the axes and then for the dots.]
X-axis: How cool it sounds like it would be
Y-axis: How cool it is to see in person
[Bottom left]: Planetary conjunction
[Bottom middle]: Supermoon
[Low left-center]: Lunar eclipse
[Low-center middle]: Partial solar eclipse
[Upper right, with a dotted arrow above it pointing up]: Total solar eclipse
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The air temperature drop is greater during a total eclipse than during a partial eclipse, while the other two don't affect the air temperature at all. --126.96.36.199 10:31, 23 August 2017 (UTC)
A booklet I got on the eclipse said this: "If natural wonders were on a scale of 1 to 10, a partial solar eclipse might be a 7, but a total solar eclipse would be a 1,000,000!!!" They were right. I was there. That's right, Jacky720 just signed this (talk | contribs) 10:50, 23 August 2017 (UTC)
- Yeah... That's quite a lot :) http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=((1000000!)!)! (There should be 1 more "1" in the link, but it didn't catch it)kshksh (talk) 08:23, 24 August 2017 (UTC)
This is fun. 188.8.131.52 11:17, 23 August 2017 (UTC)
Is it worth having an "2017 Total Eclipse" tag for the 5 comics? 184.108.40.206 11:30, 23 August 2017 (UTC)
- Yes. Be sure it includes the other comics that mentioned the eclipse, like 1868: Eclipse Flights. Dretler (talk) 12:37, 23 August 2017 (UTC)
- And it should also be "2017 Total Solar Eclipse". -- Dretler (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
- Here we go: Category:Total Solar Eclipse 2017. Any comic missing? --Dgbrt (talk) 14:41, 23 August 2017 (UTC)
- Should probably get rid of Main page, which just shows the most recent comic, and add 1779: 2017, which mentions it directly, and 1302: Year in Review, which mentions the eclipse in the title text. I think that's it. Dretler (talk) 01:11, 24 August 2017 (UTC)
- Both comics are updated by some IPs. The Main Page is only listed because of an embedded eclipse comic there, when the next is published and doesn't belong to this category it will be vanished. --Dgbrt (talk) 15:40, 24 August 2017 (UTC)
Here's a Whatif topic: What if the earth's orbit around the sun and the moon's orbit around the earth were in the same plane so that a solar eclipse happened every month. How would that affect tides, global temperature, animal behavior, etc? Would the orbits be stable or would the gravitational tugs destabilize the orbits? Rtanenbaum (talk) 13:27, 23 August 2017 (UTC)
- Solar eclipse does not affect tides significantly more than the regular movement of the Moon and the Sun, those non-eclipse events where the Moon passes almost in front of the Sun actually make tides somewhat higher on that day, because forces sum up, but a fraction of angular degree misalignment which cases a "miss" does not make much difference for the tides. The effect of blocking the Sun's radiation during eclipse happens over a very small area and for a short time therefore it is too minuscule to affect temperature on Earth, normal Sun activity cycle creates a lot larger differences in the amount of energy reaching Earth. Animal behavior during eclipse might be a little different if it was a more frequent event, animals (including two-legged naked apes) would just get used to it. -- 220.127.116.11 14:25, 23 August 2017 (UTC)
SO. TRUE. (I saw it in Salem) SilverMagpie (talk) 13:54, 23 August 2017 (UTC)
- Personal impressions on the 2017 eclipse or before
Maybe we can share some personal impressions from this eclipse or similar events. I personally was in the totality zone of the 1999 solar eclipse in Germany. Weather was bad, dark clouds obscured the sun, and I almost could see nothing of the Sun at all. I was so happy living in that zone and then this. That was really annoying. It got darker, but not that much as expected because of the scattered light from the damn clouds at the horizon. The nature went quiet and automatic lights switched on, but that was it. Nothing cool at all. A much better experience I had recently in 2015, a total eclipse at the Faroe Islands but still 80% at my location. Most of the Sun was blocked, it was getting darker, nature became silent, the temperature decreased and me and all my colleagues were impressed. But of course that also wasn't that cool like a total eclipse can be. So, after a missed total eclipse at home I still have to travel to get the real cool experience.--Dgbrt (talk) 15:17, 23 August 2017 (UTC)
- saw Totality from nashville
No question there's a huge different betwen partial and total. Totality is awesome, I recommend anyone to chase one if you can. After the 2 minutes I wished I could rewind it. No video comes close to the IRL experience. 18.104.22.168 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
- Also saw Totality from nashville
I have to echo the sentiment above. I've wanted to see a total eclipse ever since I was a small child and learned what they were, and the experience, however brief, DEFINITELY lived up to the years and years of anticipation. 22.214.171.124 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
Now that's interesting. I remember an eclipse from my childhood. I won't tell you what I didn't give about it (hint: it was flying) but much more interesting: It must have been around 1970+- but I don't find an eclipse in Germany. The only sensible explanation: My memory has been fabricated. 126.96.36.199 08:43, 28 August 2017 (UTC)
- There was a partial eclipse on February 25, 1971 which was about 60% in northern Germany. The next possible eclipses (for Germany) were on May 11, 1975 and April 29, 1976. I also have some vague memories when my father was sooting a piece of glass which we used to gaze at the sun. This was probably 1971 because 1975 happened early in the morning on a Sunday and 1976 I've watched in school. But I'm still not sure to which eclipse my memories do belong.--Dgbrt (talk) 14:25, 29 August 2017 (UTC)