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Self-sufficient Eclipse Chasers Hit the Road To 'Totality' (reuters.com) 42

An anonymous reader shares a report: Michael Zeiler packed his portable toilet then headed out on a 10-hour drive from New Mexico to Wyoming where, on Monday, he intends to mark the ninth time he has seen the moon pass in front of the sun in a total solar eclipse. Zeiler is a self-described "eclipse chaser," part of a group of avid astronomy buffs, telescope hobbyists and amateur photographers whose passion for such celestial events takes them to the far corners of the earth. For the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in the United States in almost a century, and the first visible anywhere in the Lower 48 states since 1979, Zeiler had only to drive some 650 miles (1,046 km) from the desert Southwest to the Rockies. He showed up prepared and early on Wednesday at his destination in Casper, Wyoming, within the "path of totality," the corridor over which the moon's 70-mile-wide shadow will be cast as it crosses the United States over 93 minutes. Along that path at the height of the eclipse on Aug. 21, the sun will be completely blotted out except for its outer atmosphere, known as the corona.
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Self-sufficient Eclipse Chasers Hit the Road To 'Totality'

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  • First. To the isolated spot in the wilderness.

    >> Hey, that place you posted on your account, we're here too, and we brought our phones and some kids.

  • by Osgeld ( 1900440 ) on Friday August 18, 2017 @05:55PM (#55044469)

    packed his portable toilet

    Really, never heard of sitting on a log or digging a hole ... I dont think its really "Self-sufficient" if the main thing to mention is a portable toilet

    • by sysrammer ( 446839 ) on Friday August 18, 2017 @06:03PM (#55044521) Homepage

      Well, he packed it himself, and he considers it sufficient...

    • But it's a smart toilet, it syncs up to his smart phone.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      > Really, never heard of sitting on a log or digging a hole...

      Those are unsanitary things to do that are illegal in many jurisdictions.

      > I dont think its really "Self-sufficient" if the main thing to mention is a portable toilet

      It's just as justifiable to complain that he's driving around in a car (or even eating food) that didn't come from a universe that he created from scratch.

      A portable chemical toilet is far more sanitary (and much better for the health of the environment) than simply shitting wh

      • by Osgeld ( 1900440 )

        well I have heard it all now, a chemical toilet designed to KILL THINGS submerged in it is better for the environment, how has the earth survived all this time

    • The issue is if a bunch of people do that in a relatively small area it becomes a problem. There's going to be lots of people out looking at the eclipse.

  • I, the benevolent lord of /., impose an obligatory minimum Youtube tax on every eclipse watcher. If you do not make a nice video of this, you are just worthless waster of my oxygen.

  • My road trip consists of walking out my front door. I might walk over to the park two blocks from my house. Weather report for Monday in Salem, Oregon is sunny so I'm all set.

  • Three geeks in a VW Westfalia, cameras, telescopes, and suitable camping supplies, a big solar panel and a bunch of batteries. Trundling down I-90. Our goal is an isolated spot in Idaho or Wyoming.

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