Words of Advice:

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"
Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"I don't take responsibility for anything." --Donald Trump, 3/13/20

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Monday, August 21, 2017

The Great Eclipse



I didn't photograph it. I wanted to *see* it. And see it, I did.

Besides eclipse glasses, I bought a set of solar filters for binoculars and split them between two pairs. I taped lens covers over the non-projected objectives.


The group I was with had a shade tent by a tree. The tree acted like a pinhole camera:


Totality was quite possibly the most amazing thing I have ever seen, even more awe-inspiring than seeing the Grand Canyon from the south rim at sunset. The sky was dim and, all around the horizon, it looked like sunset. The temperature dropped. I removed the lens cover from the objective and looked at the corona around the black disc of the Moon. On the right side of the Sun, I saw the pink arc of a solar flare. There were planets and stars visible to the naked eye.

I understand, now, why people chase solar eclipses. If seeing one is not on your "bucket list", then take it from me: Put it there.

The next total eclipse that will be visible from the US happens in seven years. Make plans. And see it with a bunch of people.

4 comments:

Ten Bears said...

A primordial experience.

3383 said...

Ooooh, I'm jealous!
Nobody ever shows a picture of the rest of the sky, just the ring.

Sarah said...

It was a spectacular experience. I travelled two states over, but found the clouds heavier than forecast. It was still spectacular! The surrounding sunset, spooky light changes, and yes - a view of totality through the murk good enough to see the prominences. Worth all the trouble & more. +++++ would see again. Will see again?

Comrade Misfit said...

Over four minutes of totality in 2024; six minutes in 2045.

Youngsters should make plans for both.