Category Archives: Eclipse

Eclipse From Space

I am amazed at the eclipse coverage! There is no doubt by far that this was the most observed eclipse in North American history, maybe the world. Just incredible, even the US television news-entertainment stations covered it.

I did want to share a couple more things about the eclipse before kind of giving it a rest,

First a look at the moon’s shadow as seen from the new GOES-16 satellite in this sort video:

Second, the image above was taken by Mark Rosengarten in Madras Oregon and posted on shows the corona beautifully. I looked at a weather station in Eugene Oregon (WUnderground – KOREUGEN63)reporting solar radiation and took a screen shot of the solar radiation at the time the image above was taken.

I clipped out the scale information, it is reported in watts per square meter (w/m2).

Lastly, I saw no difference in ham radio band conditions. We are going through a small rise in sunspot activity but nothing special so any changes would be difficult to be objectively certain about. The next eclipse here should prove differently. The next eclipse is on 08 April 2024 and the solar sunspot cycle will be on the rise improving HF radio conditions substantially.

Nice Eclipse!

I had fun trying to get pictures of the eclipse.  I decided not to use any of my telescopes, the 250 mm scope would have a much too small of a field of view to be of any use, the 80 mm scope would have been perfect if I was able to locate my solar filter.

So I ended up holding up one of the large filters I have and taking pictures with a Nikon Coolpix 830.  Worst camera ever.  Well maybe not ever, it does take decent daytime pictures for the most part.  No viewfinder and the lack of manual control makes it pretty much useless for anything like what I want to use it for though.

After a few attempts and getting more than a few curious looks from passing traffic, I managed to get a few shots.  I was a good deal north of the path of totality and this image was taken at the maximum eclipse I saw.

I want to fiddle around with some of the images to pull some color out if I can.

The other part of an eclipse I always notice but one hardly hears anything about is the color of the ambient light during the eclipse, it is different somehow. It’s like sunset without the long shadows.

After the eclipse was over I located that little filter too. It was right in the cabinet like it is supposed to be. It apparently was jostled and was under a different box of goodies.

Come on 2024, eclipse number 6 and my third total!!

Eclipse 2017

The eclipse of 2017 is just a few days away and now I am going to be able to see part of it — weather permitting.  I’ll be well north of the line of totality but still will get to see a bite out of the sun.  I am so pleased, I’ve seen four solar eclipses of varying degrees, two of them were total and they are just fantastic!

If you are located in the US or parts of Canada, I hope you have good weather!

What if you don’t have glasses? Do not look at the directly without proper eye wear!  Fortunately those cardboard glasses are easy to get, I think even some of the public libraries will have some (they are for sure where I will be). Still you could be stuck with no glasses, like construction workers for example, well there is still a simple way to see what is going on. I’ve done this myself with success:

If you get to see the eclipse and can view it safely you will be treated to Bailey’s beads and The diamond ring effect. Here is a great look at them from the 2012 Australian Eclipse in a a video posted by William Hetzel:

Total Solar Eclipse Safety

On 21 August 2017 there will be a total solar eclipse stretching the breadth of the United States. There’s quite a bit of “doom and gloom” talk out there, a lot of it is baloney. What is very real is the danger from incorrectly observing the eclipse.

The video is all about how to watch the eclipse safely. I’ve been lucky enough to see a few solar eclipses both partial and total varieties and it is a fantastic experience and quite safe when done correctly.

You will not have to sit in your house with all the curtain’s drawn for the duration of the event for safety’s sake — and YES, that’s a real thing I know someone who does this!

An update on my Perseid watching; it was a bust, clouds.

Lunar Eclipse Tomorrow

There will be a penumbral lunar eclipse tomorrow night (10 Feb) beginning at 22:34 UTC / 17:34 EST.  The moon won’t turn orange or red like in a total eclipse.

Take a look at hermit eclipse for a fantastic explanation about eclipses, including how a penumbral eclipse happens.

Here’s a visibility chart  (I get the whole eclipse!!) you probably will need to click the image so it looks correct:


Lunar Eclipse (Watch Live)

Great animation but a little on the large size. Patience. Image: Tomruen / Creative Commons

Tomorrow morning 15 April 2014 at 07:46 UTC / 03:46 EDT the moon will be at total eclipse. This will be the first of a Tetrad, four total lunar eclipses.

All of the tetrad eclipses will be visible from North America. With this particular eclipse portions of Western Europe and Africa will get to see a little bit at the start, for example the British Isles should get to see the moon enter the penumbral shadow at 04:54 UTC, just barely before the moon sets. As one travels west say viewers in France, Spain and western Africa should be able to see it for a little longer. The same can be said for eastern Asia except their opportunity will come briefly at the end of the eclipse.

Can you see it? Check the map.

As for me, well it is clouding up now and we are expected to get up to 5 cm of rain so I bet not.

You can watch live below at about 04:54 UTC / 12:54 EDT.

The Space X launch I mentioned earlier was scrubbed due to a helium leak, rescheduled for Friday.

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