I hope you all got at least a glimpse at the partial solar eclipse this afternoon. The weather cleared off just in time here for a beautiful view from over Superior Bay in Duluth, Minn. As expected, many of us couldn’t take our eyes off the magnificent sunspot group.
Although we looked at the eclipse through the telescope and camera back, my friend and I agreed the best views were at 1x magnification using nothing more than mylar and welder’s glass. Both the nibbling moon and sunspots were easy to see, and without a frame around the scene, the Sun felt closer, more natural. Because we watched from an open site on a bay, dappled sunlight on water added a nice touch.
65% of the Sun was covered for us, and while Sun brightness normally drops off near sunset, there was no question that everything around us looked dimmer than normal with half the Sun gone.
Here are a few photos to enjoy. If you took one you’d like to share, please e-mail it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll put it up on the blog.
Still keeping an eye on possible auroras tonight. Right now, all is quiet, but I suspect that big sunspot group sooner or later will crank up the heat.
Eclipse season is over now – the next of note for the Americas will be a total lunar eclipse on April 4th next year.