Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Well probably not the best photos of the partial eclipse but I'm really surprised I got anything at all under the circumstances - I wasn't expecting to. Focusing, light metering, not to mention the wisdom of pointing a camera and long lens directly at the Sun. And then there's that 'trying not to look at the Sun when the clouds parted occasionally' thing. Actually that was the first thing I did when I got outside. The clouds cleared a bit and I looked directly at the Sun. I did the same thing back in 1999, couldn't stop glancing at it, a bit daft really, but it's irresistible somehow. So on the day of the total eclipse one of my worries was that I'd permanently damaged my eyes.
Considering that about 85% of the Suns light was supposed to be blocked out locally, it seemed to be a normal dull and misty day, which just goes to show you how dingy it can be around here.
The odd thing about the Sun and the Moon is that they both appear exactly the same size in the sky. I mean, what are the chances of that? - Exactly! The Sun could be any size and distance away, though for life to exist it does obviously have to fall into certain useful parameters, but then again the Moon could be of any size and distance away too. Sciencey stuff tells us that the moon used to be a lot closer to the Earth than it is now, and that due to loosening gravity doofah's it's moving slowly away from us. But that still means it appears the same size in the sky as the Sun during the period of human existence, and without that no proper eclipse. It's all a bit suspect I think, but what can you do about it?
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Sunset and moonrise at the Turf Locks Hotel on a cold and windy early March day. I hope to be out and about for the partial eclipse of the sun this Friday morning. It's supposed to be about 85% eclipsed here which might mean that it just gets a bit dark, but I'll see what I can photograph anyway. I witnessed the total eclipse of the Sun that was visible here in Devon back in 1999, and very impressive it was. I watched it from a hilltop near Newton Abbot. The most striking part for me was the rapid advance of the eclipse shadow as it raced across the landscape towards me. Certainly a thing worth seeing.