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Local eclipse watchers go south
TUESDAY, May 29, 11:00 a.m. - We discover that west limb as totality ends. During this annular eclip-
it is impossible to find a restaurant in Greensboro se, however, a "diamond necklace" effect was expec-
Daily staff writer Laurie Ochnser travelled to that does not serve biscuits. There are even "Biscuit ted. Since the moon would be entirely silohouetted
rtin, Ga. last month with a group of amateur ville" restaurants, exactly like McDonald's in every against the sun, Bailey's Beads could appear all
ronomers to see the rare solar eclipse. What respect except the menu - nothing but biscuits. around the circumference of the moon during the
lows is the tale of her 40-member group's 1: 30 P.M. -- We pass a giant, water-tower-size peak of the eclipse.
00 mile road trip and what they were able to statue of a peach complete with stem and two leaves. WEDNESDAY, May 30 6:00 am. - The big
There is even an official freeway exit for it: "To view meeting. Someone calls the local Weather Bureau
peach, take Exit 90" and a local airport to try to get recent weather infor-
4:00 P.M. -- The group moves into a motel in mation. Atlanta seems the safest bet, but many people
By LAURIE OCHNSER Greenville very near the centerline of the eclipse want to wait a couple of hours to see how the clouds
he eclipse was to be virtually a total eclipse - 99.7 path. We catch sight of telescope-laden amateurs move.
cent of the sun was to be covered - along a from other parts of the country moving into adjacent 6:40 A.M. - Two car-loads decide to leave for
row stretch of the southeastern United States. rooms. Atlanta. Most people decide to wait awhile longer.
ause it was so close to a total eclipse we expected The most interesting thing on TV for us continues to Somebody suggests sacrificing a virgin to the Weather
ny of the effects that occur during a total eclipse. be the Weather Channel. Right now there is a double Gods.
temperature drops 10-15 degrees, birds and in- layer of cloud cover - a high layer of cirrus clduds 8:30 a.m. - We meet again to decide about moving.
is become quiet, and a sunset forms on the horizon and a low layer of cumulus clouds. No one is sure yet There has been no new weather information since the
very direction, howit willlook tomorrow, last meeting. The cloud band predicted earlier is
ur group chose Greensboro, N.C. as a point on the 11:30 P.M. - Reports indicate that the cloud cover starting to move through.
terline where we would observe the eclipse. might not break before morning. We decide to hold a There is a group to small lakes west of us that
ONDAY, MAY 28, 8:40 a.m. - Our four-car con- meeting at 6:00 a.m. tomorrow to decide whether or might produce clouds, right on the Georgia herder
finally gets on the road. Our fellow travellers are not to move. It looks as though Atlanta, Ga., will be We decide to drive across the Georgia bhrder and try
nbers of the Warren Astronomical Society. The clear, but we are reluctant to move there. The farther to find a site as far east as possible. No one has
S is one of the most active clubs in the country. west along the eclipse path one goes, the smaller the Geological Survey maps of the area that we're
:00 P.M. -Five dollars in tolls later, we are on the percentage of the sun that is covered gets. There moving into, and there isn't time to find any before
st Virginia turnpike. The country is beautiful, but aren't likely to be any of Bailey's Beads visible from the eclipse.
keep hitting construction areas and blasting Atlanta. The moon will be completely ringed by 10:40 a.m.-By putting together Sky & Telescope,
es. It's still as cloudy and overcast as it was in the sunlight, and its size will be just slightly too small to U.S. Naval Observatory and highway maps, we find
rning, raining off and on. ' produce beads. The opportunity to see Bailey's Beads an exit close to the centerline - the exit for Lavonia,
:30 P.M. - At last! We arrive in Greensboro. is what brought most of the people along on this trip, Ga. By luck we find a small fabrication plant that
st of the group is already here, in their rooms or in and missing them would be a big disappointment. allows us to set up on their property. We are out in the
"leader" Dave Harrington's room. Harrington Because of the special geometry of this eclipse it country, a mile-and-a-half from the freeway and (as
anized and made elaborate preparations for this was expected that a good number of Bailey's Beads near as anyone can tell) only half a mile from the
producing sheets of calculations on the exact would be visible. Bailey's Beads are glints of sunlight exact center of the eclipse path.
h of the eclipse because he didn't find the U.S. that shine through lunar valleys and between high 11:00 A.M. - First contact! Excitement is starting
al Observatory's figures accurate enough. One lunar mountains during an eclipse. The effect is very to build. A forest of telescopes nas risen, ana a group
1 of his room is covered with Geological Survey similar to that in photographs of sunset seen through of local amateur astronomers has set up with us. One
ps of Virginia and North and South Carolina, with a valley or between mountains here on Earth, where of them stopped at a nearby drugstore to buy film on
eclipse path carefully plotted on them. the sun's rays seem to divide and stretch out in all the way, and said that he was told there that there is
ventually everyone drifts to their rooms. The directions. a group of people from Connecticut set up 3/4
d cover here in Greensboro is expected to remain During a total eclipse a "diamond ring" effect is of- of a mile on the other side of the freeway. They are
several days, and we decide to move tomorrow to ten visible. One bright bead appears on the east limb sure that they are on the centerline, and that we are
enville, S. Carolina. of the moon as totality begins, and another on the wrong. We're sure that we're right. If the moon is ex-
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Demonstrators protest Reagan policies
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been some "argument," although that
was normal because "we are not, and
never will be, a yes-man's club."
The Soviet Union said the show of
unity was "designed to conceal acute
differences over economic matters, the
differences which tear the capitalist
"The seven did not manage to over-
come their differences, particularly
over such major matters as exorbitan-
tly high U.S. interest rates and the huge
budget deficit of the United States," the
official news agency Tass said.
THE FINAL DAY of the three-day
summit drew an estimated 200,000 anti-
nuclear protesters to the streets of Lon-
Police arrested more than 190
protesters who sat down in the middle
of several main central London streets,
severely disrupting traffic.
The protest centered on the NATO
decision to deploy 572 American-built
Pershing 2 and cruise missiles in
Western Europe beginning last Decem-
ber. It was that deployment which
prompted the Soviet Union to abandon
the Geneva nuclear arms reduction
talks with the United States.
Demonstrators handed out leaflets
bearing the polite message: "Dear
President Reagan. Please take your
missiles with you when you go."
MASKED IN the communique were
vocal protests by European officials
over high U.S. interest rates and the
claim by Treasury Secretary Donald
Regan that there is no direct link bet-
ween the rates and heavy U.S. budget
Dropped from a preliminary version
of the communique without explanation
was a section which said the leaders
welcomed an expected congressional
"downpayment" on reducing budget
deficits, and citing Reagan's "deter-
mination" to continue this course by
cutting government spending.
The summit concluded formally
with an elaborate black-tie banquet at
Buckingham Palace, given for the
world leaders by Queen Elizabeth II.
After he meets with U.S. Embassy
personnel today, Reagan is to return to
Washington at the end of a 10-day
European trip that also took him to
Ireland, the land of his ancestors, and
to Normandy, France, for ceremonies
marking the 40th anniversary of the
Allied D-day invasion of Nazi-occupied
France in World War II.
... hosts economic summit
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