Monday, May 21, 2012

Annular Solar Eclipse

So this morning at 7:30 there was an annular solar eclipse visible. Wow, that was something else. It wasn't a total solar eclipse, what with the moon being so far away from Earth at the time, but it was pretty nifty to see the ring.
Don't look directly at the sun! But a digital camera viewfinder is fine.

A pinhole projector shows the eclipse starting

Dappled light through the trees takes on crescent shapes!

The moment- the moon fully inside the disk of the sun!

On my way home, I noticed some light clouds, so I got out the camera and took a few dozen shots as the eclipse waned.
It was definitely a wonderful experience! Perhaps a once in a lifetime experience. The next one is scheduled to hit our area in 300 years! 

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