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Subject:  Re: Most Memorable Observations Date:  2/14/2002  11:36 AM
Author:  dcarper Number:  151 of 1884

I just thought of another memorable observation, although it was not quite what I had hoped for. In 1991, I went to Hawaii to observe the solar eclipse. Unfortunatly, because the weather patterns were quite unusual, Hilo (where I flew into that morning) was under cloud cover. We (I took a group of Boy Scouts) rented jeeps, and tried to get out from under the clouds. We didn't make it, and stopped shortly before totality. We didn't see the eclipse, but seeing the shadow of the moon move across the clouds at 1000mph was really incredible. You could actually watch it come at you, and it took about 2 seconds to travel horizon to horizon. It was dramatic enough that I went weak in the knees; but I would prefer to have seen totality without the clouds.

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