Monday, May 21, 2012

Annular Solar Eclipse

Yesterday's eclipse was visible in eastern parts of Asia and western parts of North America. San Francisco was too far south for the "Ring of Fire" effect but we did get a partial eclipse on a nice sunny evening. Of course you can't look directly at the sun without special equipment, which we didn't have, but Madame Le Chef, the scientist in the bureau, had read that you could make a lattice with your fingers and observe the shape of the crescent sun in the shadows of the lattice.

It worked.

Not sharp but you can see it.

The light was rather strange. Some people down the hill were setting off fire crackers, either to celebrate the celestial event or to scare away the moon.

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