I did. I was at physical therapy, and everybody went outside to watch. The office ladies had several squares of smoked glass to look through - I forgot the glasses Hubby had gotten me - and we took turns peeking at the sun.
Yes I saw it for a moment. I was doing my daily walk with my walking partner and it was really cloudy but had no plans to look up anyway. When we got back to the building she saw a few people she knew and they let us look through their glasses. I planned to see it on TV but it was cool to see.
I did the pinhole in the cereal box. It worked well, and I am glad I did it that way. With all the talk of fake iOS glasses, I would be scared to trust them. It felt cooler than I expected...the temperature must have dropped about 15 degrees.
It did not get as dark as I thought it would. We were a little south of the line of totality. I had heard we would be at 93%. I noticed the light changed to a different hue... But did not seem much darker than usual.
We were at 86% totality. It was partially cloudy. I noticed the light take on a strange, sort of reddish hue. I went outside and stood under a tree to admire all the little crescent shadows cast by the leaves.
I'm old enough to remember the last eclipse when Chicago was in the path of totality. Today's eclipse will be the last of my lifetime. The last eclipse was quite awe-inspiring: the thing I remember most was how the birds started singing as totality approached, the sudden silence at totality, and the singing starting up again as it grew lighter.
We were close to totality but it was more like twilight that didn't last very long. If I didn't know it was an eclipse, I would have thought it was just a storm coming. I did have the special glasses and it was cool to see. Our school district kept the kids an extra hour and gave out glasses to all of the kids.
It got dark here and the birds stopped singing and started again as the eclipse passed. We were 60%!i think.
My hubs sent this from work. I hope the link works.
Fun day @L3WESCAM yesterday...used our video technology to capture awesome footage of #Eclipse. #Cooljobs Time Lapse of Solar Eclipse - Toronto Canada
We were in the very center of the path of totality and it was amazing. Really, I had thought it was being overblown....but it was really an extremely cool experience. We would go out and look every 15 to 20 minutes, watching the moon take a bigger and bigger bite out of the sun. It was amazing how so little of the sun kept the light bright and the heat hot. Finally, at about 90% it had become noticeably cooler and the light took on this odd look...the colors just different, more saturated. Watching as the sun slowly disappeared altogether, then removing the glasses to see the amazing sight of the corona only visible around the moon - just so cool. It looked just like the photos, like a hole in the sky. You could clearly see Venus, a planet you can almost never see. It was not as dark as I expected, though I have had friends who were in rural areas say it was like night there. The street lights and light pollution where I was made it more like late twilight. The cicadas and crickets took up their calling and it was as cool as it is at night. After two minutes plus, the "diamond ring" effect began, the glasses went back on, and it the reverse occurred.
I thought the whole thing was being exaggerated - but it was so cool I may have to drive a few hours southeast to see the next one.
Yep, right through Missouri. We got the day off because of the expected crowds. Not that many showed as it turned out, but I enjoyed the paid leave. lol They didn't close most of the schools here. Most of them stocked up on enough glasses for every child and took the kids out onto the playgrounds or ball fields for the big event. Of course, the bigger the schools, the harder that would be to do.