July 6th, 2011


Total Eclipse WorldCon?

This Would Be Awesome

Ken Schneyer posted the following on Facebook and I totally have to shout this out to the world. Can't we make this happen? (grin)
Ken Schneyer
Total Eclipse WorldCon? In 2017 there'll be a total eclipse of the sun in late August, when Worldcon is usually held. It'll cut a swath along the entire contintental U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina. It would be soooo nifty to hold Worldcon in one of the cities along the path of totality in order to coincide with the event. Just sayin'...
NASA - Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 Aug 21
This is part of NASA's official eclipse home page. It plots solar eclipse paths on Google maps.

Monday 21 August 2017 Midday

Google Maps image from NASA's official eclipse home page - reduced view.

Larger, more detailed Google Maps view here. And detailed particulars here.

Note the list of cities (expanded) which fall in the zone of totality:
Salem OR, Corvalis OR, Idaho Falls ID, Scottsbluff NE, Aliance NE, North Platte NE, Grand Island NE, Lincoln NE, St. Joseph MO, Kansas City MO (barely), Columbia MO, St. Louis MO, Cape Girardeau MO, Clarksville TN, Nashville TN, Greenville SC, Charleston SC -- with Portland OR, Eugene OR, Boise ID, Knoxville TN, Chattanooga TN, Athens GA, Augusta GA, and even Atlanta GA within a hundred miles of totality.

Surely someone can come up with a bid in a place with access to good visibility, potentially good weather (grin), worthy of a WorldCon. It's not the greatest total solar eclipse ever at only 2 minutes 40 seconds maximum totality, but it's the last one on the continental U.S. for a while, I do believe, and how often do these things show up in the typical WorldCon summer window of opportunity?

Fact is, I've never seen a total solar eclipse. Hell, here in West Michigan we almost always get cloudy nights and rain for total lunar eclipses. Best we got was a 91% total annular eclipse in May of 1994. So I was planning to be on the road and hoping I'd find good weather in 2017 anyway... having a WorldCon to go to -- and having a large group of friends to commiserate with if the weather turns awful (evil grin) -- would be a huge plus.

Yeah, yeah, I haven't been to a WorldCon either, though I expect that to change with WorldCon 2012 being in Chicago next year.

So what say you, good people? Can we make this happen?

Dr. Phil

** UPDATE ** This has been crossposted to worldcons here. You might want to check the comments there, as well.