be sure to get a clear view of the western horizon for a spectacular sunset. you will notice that it appears to get dark before the sun actually sets. that is because the moon will pass in front of the sun covering 82% of the sun for the valley of the sun. the neat thing is that the sun will set with the moon partially in front of it. make sure you get a clear view of the horizon to see the sun set with a chunk taken out of it.
5:28 - eclipse starts
6:38 - maxium eclipse!!!!!
7:20ish - sunset (moon partially in front of sun)
7:40 - eclipse ends (sun already below horizon)
go outside today or tomorrow and pay attention to the level of light around 6:40p. now imagine 82% of the sun covered. it should make for an eerie late afternoon.
do to you local astronomy store and grab a pair of eclipse glasses! there is nothing like being able to look directly at the solar disc through filtered optics. there is always the pinhole or looking on the ground or side of a building at all of the eclipsed suns made as the sunlight passes through the branches of trees or shrubs.
Love that picture of the eclipse through a palm tree. Here's ours - through a mesquite tree. The second picture the crescent sun is best seen towards the right side, around the electric meter. And then we used the old hole in cardboard trick to watch the rest of it. It was fun. Anyone else?
it sure was fun! i was on the mtn. i loved the eerie look in the landscape during max. it even got cooler. i went to the top of the telescope at sunset and captured this. probably the last time i will see the sun set like this.
My hint that there's an eclipse is the quality of the light- it just looks weird, and when we went outside I pointed out our double shadows to Andy- he was amazed. We had a good old family moment out there in the front yard. :-)