Solar eclipses are not rare, but this was the first one I’ve viewed as an adult and that made it all the more memorable.
I didn’t purchase the solar eclipse glasses myself, it was my kind coworker, Cheryl, who did and oh boy was it worth it. I was a sceptic up until we went outside to watch the eclipse start and just–Guys I love astronomy, and the solar system, and watching this eclipse was just something else.
Through the glasses the sun glowed a dull orange, and minute by minute you could see the shadow of the moon inching further into the sun, cutting into it until the sun resembled a crescent moon.
In Dallas, Texas our “totality” was the eclipse at 85%, but it was still amazing. Thankfully, unlike Austin and Lubbock, there were no clouds in the sky so we were able to view the whole eclipse, from 11:40am to 1:10pm.
The most surprising aspect of the eclipse was how the shadows of the leaves transformed into crescents. I’ve never seen anything like that before. I took more pictures of that, instead of trying (and failing) to take capture the eclipse itself.
At work, we tried the cereal box method, and the paper sheets method, but honestly the glasses were just above and beyond everything else. It was also just so much more fun being able to stare straight at the sun–without the fear of destroying my vision.
Did any of you get to watch the eclipse? What methods did you try? What kind of pictures did you get?
I could’ve stared at that sight for hours. It was unbelievable.
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