It's a difference of only 30 years. 30 years ago was 1989. Yet life today compared to then is simply alien - technology has impacted the way everyone and every thing exists.
The first self-powered flight was in 1903. Man landed on the Moon just 66 years later. In one lifetime you went from being perpetually constrained to the surface to literally flying above the sky, transcending all known heights, and you wouldn't even have retired yet.
SpaceX was started in 2002, a mere 17 years ago. It is now, on this very day, on the verge of delivering hardware that can send people to Mars.
In 30 years from now, if the optimists are correct, we'll be living on the Moon and probably Mars. If the optimists are correct, we'll be able to take a shuttle from Mars to Mercury itself by the time this event happens again.
The optimists are probably wrong. But it doesn't hurt to dream.
We may be living on the moon in 2049. Whether that represents a net improvement in the human condition is another matter altogether.
In all these cases, I was a kid - these memories are all from maybe the age of 3-4 through early teens. I never navigated adult life without understanding computers, although early adult life was without cell phone, without internet access, without email, etc.
What I do remember is watching people adjust to these things. They were a novelty, and in many cases, became expected/required for 'modern life'. I was an early adopter, so even watching people my own age was interesting because I could see people struggle with some tech or even concepts, and hearing peoples' descriptions of technology changes has been interesting (often based on rumor or just wrong).
re: being 'away' from home - in elementary school, we had a multi-week project to "plan a trip" - learning about maps, travel distance, budgeting for hotels, food, etc. We had to write away to AAA for maps and info, then plan out where we'd drive, where gas stations were, etc. That was a class project. Today, you literally get in a car and talk to a device (or the car) and say "give me directions to ...." some place halfway across the country, and you'll get accurate turn by turn directions, with live traffic updates, and you can find food/gas/shelter all while driving. Insane to think of those changes, but it's just 'normal' to my younger family.
And that's all I'm going to reflect on for now, lest I become tempted to burn a week's worth of evenings reading Ray Kurzweil.
That said, some of it is just doing more self-service planning. We used to use travel agents more--I still use specialized services for some things. And we'd just ask the hotel concierge to arrange a dinner rather than go on Trip Advisor and book a reservation online.
Its still out there if you accept taking a modest comfort hit. Just one tip - bring more cash than you expect, even with reserve
Living on the moon may similarly lose a lot of its charm once it becomes routine.
(Business is a different matter. I can far better continue to work today as usual even if I'm on the other side of the planet than I could have in the next city a few decades ago.)
It's more that apps (maps, airlines, tripadvisor, restaurant/hotel sites, etc.) have really transformed travel to many places in a huge number of ways over just about the past 10 years. I can't say I would really give that up very willingly.
[Added: Though, if I'm being honest, I'd admit that expectations about being able to be reached and to reach others have shifted. When cell phones started to become popular, I sort of disliked how a lot of people increasingly assumed you could always call for help in an emergency. Today, if I were going to be in a remote area for an extended period by myself, I'd probably find it hard to justify not having a satellite messaging system.]
Heh. When I was traveling in Europe in the mid-80s we had to use actual maps. :-)
Contrast my experience with those of younger friends I have traveled with who will spent an hour on TripAdvisor prior to walking inside a restaurant :(
Bringing this back to the OP, we may discover that a big part of the charm of living on the moon is in our imagination. Once we actually making living on the moon routine we'll discover that it's actually not such a nice place to be. It's dusty. It's all the same shade of grey. The weather sucks. The best we can hope for is to turn the moon into another Las Vegas or Dubai, which are also dusty drab places with crappy weather. But once we do that, what will we really have gained? You might as well just stay in Vegas. It's cheaper.
With regard to connection reducing the adventure when traveling, how connected you are at any time can be a choice. Sure, back in the day you had no life line. But to me it’s a bit like free solo climbing (no ropes) vs lead climbing. Free solo is max adventure but the consequences are higher. It’s your choice in what you want the challenge to be. But if you really only care about challenging yourself on the climb itself and you don’t fall in either, was there really much of a difference? Having the safety net let’s you push harder and avoid being too conservative
And having a safety net definitely changes the dynamic of travel. I can’t imagine not having my phone with me, especially on a journey. And that’s not bad.
I think we have collectively, unwittingly entered a transhuman state. Our phones are as much a part of us as anything else.
It's more about the ready availability of information--which is more or less important (and available online) depending upon where you are. Trekking in Nepal I'm guessing things aren't as different from 20 years ago as they would be in a random Asian capital where I find having a smartphone makes getting around easier/better compared to even 5 years ago.
And I also remember those times quite fondly.
13 years is long, but it's not as long as 30 years you specified.
That all said, the advent of the the web and “smart” devices have changed the world more significantly and in a shorter space of time than any other technological leap in human history. It’s been exciting working through that revolution.
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edit: or just go to the main SDO data page-
It looks like the next one visible from anywhere (but presumably not in the US) will be in 2032
That was with a crappy old pair of binoculars I didn’t care about one way or another. Now I have a nice pair, do I risk damaging them by doing this?
Shouldn't need to say it here, but never, ever, look at the sun through binoculars or a telescope (even with filters or reducers). You won't get a second chance.
 Here's a pic from the 2003 transit, taken by projecting an image of the sun onto an A4 sheet of paper, using a 90mm refractor stopped down to about 25mm (Mercury at mid-upper left, the lower blob is a sunspot).
i was considering this one:
Even if you avoid looking directly at the sun, it's possible to make mistakes. On a transit of Venus I was having trouble getting a telescope lined up, so without thinking I bent down to have a look through it to see where the sun was. Luckily the resultant burn made me whip my head back before my eye got to the eyepiece.
My advice is to skip the binoculars. Instead use a simple magnifying glass like you can buy at an office supply store -- a round one, not a square one -- and a piece of poster board just like you did last time. It will work fine. The image will be upside down but who cares?
If you can't get a magnifying glass, use a second piece of poster board and put a whole in the middle with a pin, or tack. The image on the other poster board will be very dim but almost as good.
Definitely potential for damage, esp with all of the elements in binocs.
telnet horizons.jpl.nasa.gov 6775
You can type names, to get numbers (mercury is 1).
Make a pinhole in a playing card and put a large piece of white cardboard a meter behind it. This will work well. It will be dim so you might need to arrange a large sheet of poster board around the playing card for shade.
(which are rare because they're too dark for most welding)
Other sources said 13 was the minimum. You're probably best off with a 13 or 14. I found 13 too bright.
Also, note that many astronomers will say that only filters that are rated for solar use should be used, which a welding mask is not. So do this at your own risk.
just get a stack of neutral density filters, and some IR/UV block filters, and use a camera... you'll need magnification anyway.
I speak from experience. I was a professional photographer many years ago, though it's only a hobby these days.
I filmed the crescendo of the 2017 solar eclipse and took photos throughout with a stack of IR/UV/ND filters: https://photos.app.goo.gl/CV9Ju3TkMtJKNL566
I had to remove most of the ND filters during totality because it was simply blocking too much light, so much so that clouds and stars are visible in some photos. I had >99% IR/UV cut and over 26 stops of wide-band light reduction in front of my lens. My equipment is fine, I assure you.
Due diligence isn't hard; I looked up the spec sheets for every filter I purchased, and did the actual math, so much so that I had to remove a filter or two during totality to get the exposure that I wanted, because I was overly conservative to protect my equipment.
But... yeah... though there were many people who destroyed equipment during the 2017 eclipse, that doesn't mean it can't be done safely and properly.
don't have a solar filter for my 6SE anyways, but got some excellent saturn and jupiter seeing this summer :)