Total Solar Eclipse, Virgina Beach, USA – 45 years ago

NOTE: This publishing was pre-mature! The complete post has now been published, found at  Hasty fingers on keyboard makes waste…er mistakes!  M

The last total solar eclipse visible from the US East Coast was March 7th, 1970. My “wife to be” and I took the MGB-GT 800 miles round trip to see this awesone phenomena from the sands of Virgina Beach, Va.

Short on time, Just browse the photos below.

Our route followed the Jersey shore, across the Delaware Bay by ferry, down the sparsly populated Del-Mar-Va Peninsula. across the recently completed 17 mile Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel to Norfolk and then Virginia Beach.

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5 thoughts on “Total Solar Eclipse, Virgina Beach, USA – 45 years ago

  1. great car!! I have a vague recollection of standing on our front sidewalk and using a piece of cardboard to witness it, I was 13 at the time. All I remember is being told not to look at the sun because I would go blind!


  2. Yeah, with the partial phase, the pin-hole method you mentioned is the safest way to see a solar eclipses, as it “projects” the image on the ground, or a piece of suitable paper. Technically it is ok to directly view the totally eclipsed sun (if your lucky to be in that narrow path where it occurs) but care must be exercised to look away before the sun re-appears. I would suggest sunglasses even then. Otherewise, special neutral density filters can be obtained for all direct viewing. The MGB GT was a great car, – especially on road trips. Thanks for you’re comment. M 🙂

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  3. Anonymous

    Three friends and I drove all night from Lynchburg College to Va Beach to see the eclipse. Very impressive!! Then turned around and drove back. College dayz!!!
    Notice I didn’t mention any names, but you know who you are!

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