Friday, 9 June 2017

There will be how many people?

Michael Zeiler has been "playing around" with the GIS tools from ESRI (where he works, so it really isn't playing around per se). He has put together some awesome eclipse maps from the databases they have available for population, traffic, and so forth to predict how many people could show up for the eclipse at various locations.

Click here for The Great American Eclipse analysis.

These tools can be used for city and state planners to help anticipate the best and worst case scenarios in terms of visitor counts. Emergency response could be impaired in some cases and it is not a bad idea to pre stage responders in some places.

For eclipse chasers these tools show that the highways could become full of cars going to or leaving after the eclipse. The chances are greater that traffic jams will happen after the eclipse as everyone decides to head home about the same time.

I suppose it is handy to have a GPS or at least some good maps of the back roads just in case!



Fred Espenak has a road atlas that could prove quite useful if the local Internet resources are stressed.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Doomsday Eclipse Prophesy?

I was looking at some eclipse videos on YouTube and ran across a large selection where the eclipse coming in August is considered a sign from God about the end of the world. It seems that there is a population of people greatly concerned about it. These sites get a lot of views. Are people really believing what they say, or is it just a source of amusement as it was for me at first.



Rest assured, the eclipse is not a sign that the world is ending. It is a celestial event that is worth seeing and really beautiful. Where these folks got the idea that it signified something special is from the deep past, when mankind did not have a grasp on the workings of the solar system and heavens above. Today we have a grasp. We know what causes eclipses. We know about planetary movements. We can predict these things with great accuracy because we have figured this stuff out.

So just where do these folks come up with these ideas? One thing I found in common is that they all want to sell books and subscriptions to hear more of their "wisdom". And I observed that these supposedly good people see no problem in stealing images from websites and other sources in their productions (with absolutely no credit). They abuse copyrights and trademarks, operating outside the common practices of good journalism. As a result I am very skeptical about the motives. I think they are a bunch of hustlers trying to con people out of their money and time. So do not buy the books and do not send them money, just ignore their pleas for support.

Just as a side comment I also noted that there seems to be concern about some mystical planet coming by that will cause all sorts of problems. Some of the dates of destruction have come and gone yet the same people keep on spewing this trash. It really amazes me how seemingly credible sources are willing to play along. Or are they? Many of the quotes and video clips were taken out of context, a common tool of the fake-media.

While I am big fan of free video on YouTube I do find such nonsense distasteful and worthless. All I can say is that if you encountered my blog while searching for eclipse doomsday predictions, forget it. No doom, just a great show, hope the sky is clear for you to see it.

2012 Total Solar Eclipse by Denise Kramer