Monday, 17 December 2012

Totality

My son and I recently got to experience a very rare event. A solar eclipse passed very close to our city, so early before school we set out for the beach. I borrowed the work theodolite and set it up so it would project the image of the sun on to sheet of paper. This was necessary to protect our retinas from scorching radiation. It was an incredible event clear sky's and a unobstructed view over the ocean.


It had already started when we set up.

The moon moved into alignment quite quickly.

Getting close.

We could  just start to see the corona at the edges.
Pity the camera didn't catch it.  

98% of Totality.
The light dipped and heat of the sun ebbed.    

It was all over in 45 minutes