April 8, 2024
To help you plan your hotel accommodations, here’s a map of the eclipse totality path.
Austin, Dallas, Indianapolis, Dayton, Cleveland, Buffalo, and Rochester will probably be popular destinations. Many areas will see over four minutes of totality.
Being spring, that date has a high likelihood of non-clear skies (over 55% in various of the areas I considered for my observation point.) So we may want to reserve the Peaceful Science observation plane for that date. (If it’s already been booked, we could use the blimp instead. Oops, probably not enough altitude to get above the clouds. Scratch that blimp idea, @swamidass.) It would only require a few minutes of flight south of St. Louis to reach an excellent observation point. We could follow the totality path all the way to Newfoundland before turning back. It could be a Peaceful Science livestreamed event. @Patrick could provide live color commentary with anecdotes about how religious people down through the ages abused solar eclipses for evil purposes.
It could be a nice way to celebrate the end of COVID-19 shelter-in-place. We could enjoy the very last cans of chick peas and creamed corn, as well as complain about Jared Kushner winning presidential primaries in twelve states. @Dan_Eastwood, my beard should be down to my ankles by then. So I plan to wear it like a turban.