Friday, March 20, 2015

Solar eclipse, a quick ramble

OH, what a magical thing is a solar eclipse, on the first day of spring, when the moon is nearest the earth, and therefore a "supermoon"!  magical indeed, even though I live on the  wrong side of the globe, through the magic of my internet machine I can still see the eclipse, come to think of it I can sit in my favorite chair, listen to music, drink good coffee and watch the eclipse.  This is good.   I love technology!, well usually anyway.

Ever since I saw "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" I have been curious about eclipses, and when I was in grade school I recall the elaborate precautions that were advised, and rightly so. to protect ones eyes.  But what I recall most is how exciting it was, and still is to see an eclipse, lunar or solar it doesn't matter, and it is exciting to me still. So I have collected some  things for your edification. 





The Solar Eclipse Of 2015 Will Be Visible Only In Europe, But That Doesn't Mean We All Can't Join In The Fun

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Skywatchers, get ready for a big treat (and then a quick nap).
On Friday, a rare total solar eclipse will temporarily blot out the sun in Europe. The

eclipse will be the continent's darkest since 1999, with reductions in sunlight varying from 85 percent in London to a whopping 98 percent in northern Scotland.
This NASA animation shows the path and size of the eclipse's shadow.
The eclipse's northern trajectory means people in other parts of the world won't be able to witness it in person. But fear not: the Slooh Community Observatory will live-stream the eclipse starting at 4:30 a.m. EDT (see above). The Virtual Telescope Project will have live coverage beginning at 4 a.m. EDT.
What NASA calls "the instant of greatest eclipse" will come at 5:45 a.m. on the East Coast of the U.S. and 2:45 a.m. on the West Coast (or 9:45 UTC).
Even if you're not a devoted umbraphile (eclipse lover), you might want to drag yourself out of bed and have a look at your computer screen. Universe Today reports this is the first total solar eclipse to coincide with the vernal equinox, which marks the first day of spring, since March 20, 1662.

Further to mark this rare occurrence some photos by one of my favorite photographers.
10:33 — at Place St Corentin Quimper.
Those who are lucky enough to witness the eclipse in person should use proper eye protection or construct a simple solar eclipse viewer.

10:32 — at Place St Corentin Quimper.

10:48 — at Place St Corentin Quimper.

10:48 — at Place St Corentin Quimper


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