Ok, can someone here answer me this: Is there a huge difference between 90% and total eclipse?
Because I see a lot of people online saying “well we are in the 90% / 95% / etc zone, it’s not worth travelling X miles for just a bit more, it’s still going to be amazing” But then I read about accounts from those who have seen the total eclipse and they say you must see it.
I also see diagrams online of a yellow circle being covered 90%, and I think people are expecting to see the same thing with a 90% eclipse. I think that the sun is very bright and the 10% not covered is going to overwhelm the 90% that’s covered. I think there are going to be a lot of disappointed people in the 90% zone. “That wasn’t 90%, that looked like maybe 30%!”
I remember a partial eclipse many years ago, and I really couldn’t tell anything different without using the pinhole paper. I would guess a 50% eclipse is hardly noticeable, except for some distortion in the ‘look’ of the sun.
Is there a rule of thumb for conversion between % obscuration and ‘perception’ when it comes to the sun?