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Solar Eclipse visit planning

Posted 6 months ago

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POSTED BY: Michael Stern
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@Michael Stern, great post!

Stephen Wolfram just published a book on eclipses and it has a lot of great resources specific to the April 8, 2024, eclipse. Check it out on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Predicting-Eclipse-Multimillennium-Tale-Computation/dp/1579550878

POSTED BY: Paige Vigliarolo
Posted 5 months ago

The August 17, 2017 eclipse — as well as the April 8, 2024 eclipse — were documented in the Wolfram Blog article Double Eclipse! Or Why Carbondale, Illinois, Is Special back in 2017. This project shows the path for totality of these two eclipses; the paths intersect in proximity to the town of Carbondale, IL. This location is 200 miles south of Wolfram's corporate HQ; I'm confident many staffers will attend both events. Witnessing the intersection of these two events is an astronomical event that may never be eclipsed!

Stephen Wolfram just published a book on eclipses [...]

On top of everything else he does, what a remarkable proclivity for writing books! This book had a deadline, and it was published in a timely manner. The Amazon URL was correct, but the Wolfram Media entry for the title should also be noted. I see that Stephen has a discussion of the solvability/unsolvability of the Three Body Problem; that alone should be worth the price of admission.

POSTED BY: Phil Earnhardt
Posted 6 months ago

Could one use Mathematica to find a high point along the centerline that overlooks a long stretch of lower elevations to the southwest or northeast - perhaps a lake or a plain? From a high-enough location it might be possible to look down on the eclipse shadow traveling across the landscape.

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