It cleared just in time here in northern Minnesota for a great eclipse experience. My friend Jim joined me for a jaunt to Island Lake north of town, where we set up a couple small telescopes along a pleasant stretch of sandy beach. Clouds departed shortly before the moon took its first bite of sun. Nearby, fishermen tossed lines in the water hoping for a good catch. Joking, I asked Jim if he had caught anything. “Yeah, I got a bite here,” he said, looking up from the telescope.
At the same time, I was in touch with my friend Rick by phone. He observed from very close to the center line in northern California and shared his impressions of the “ring of fire” and weird eclipse shadows.
The big bite of sunshine missing, sunspots covered by the inexorable movement of the moon and the beauty of seeing much of it happen near sunset – what a joy.
And how about the 3-D appearance of the moon against the sun? It was easy to imagine it nearby in space compared to the much more distant sun. I’ll have more on the eclipse tomorrow, but for now here are a couple photos from the outing.
I hope you got to see it and are as psyched as I am for the next one in 2014. If you shot a picture and would like to share it with our readers, please send me a copy for possible use in the blog tomorrow. My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
See ya’ mañana.