Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Eclipse

We interrupt our regularly scheduled Fringe programming for the following special report:

The weather forecast was dicey: partly cloudy, a chance of showers. Some friends who have a country house between St. Clair and Sullivan hosted a big viewing party. It was an ideal location. Clouds started to pass by before the eclipse began, creating anxiety. Then it cleared, leaving nearly perfect conditions. The experience was mystical.

The pink-purple spots at about 1 and 4 o'clock in the first photo are Bailey beads, sunlight refracted around mountains and valleys at the moon's edge. The color shows the presence of helium when run through a spectrograph and proved the existence of that element in the sun.

We heard that you could use a kitchen colander like a multi-eyed pinhole camera. It works.








8 comments:

s.c said...

Great shots Bob. You nailed it. Especially the last shadow shot.

biebkriebels said...

Excellent photos, great experience!

William Kendall said...

Incredible!

It was partial here- I stepped out during the peak and noticed the odd tone to the blue sky.

Norma Beishir said...

These are wonderful! I watched with a neighbor in our courtyard. Collin had to work, but business at IHOP was nonexistent after 11:45 (everyone was headed over to Jefferson Barracks, I think), so he and his co-workers went outside to watch. He's still talking about it, so I gave him a link to your blog.

Any chance that first one could be turned into a poster?

RedPat said...

Love the colander shadows!

Sharon Anck said...

Wonderful photos! I wish I could have seen the full eclipse.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Perfect shot of the eclipse Bob, you must have been so pleased that the weather conditions were perfect for you!

koi seo said...

I stepped out during the peak and noticed the odd tone to the blue sky.


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