Today we had a partial solar eclipse. It was partly cloudy, but luckily the clouds did not get in the way.
I decided to try two different ways of documenting the eclipse.
I found an old part that had different size holes on it so that I could experiment with different sizes.
I did try different size pinholes, but the one pictured above was by far the best choice.
Now for the second method. I decided to use a dark filter with my camera and take a direct picture of the sun.
Here was one of my first attempts. As soon as I saw the triple image, I knew what was wrong. I was taking the picture through the double pane window of my training room and I was picking up birefringence from the multiple reflective surfaces. I had to go outside to get a good picture.
The middle image above is actually quite interesting as you can see sunspots on the surface of the sun.
Taking pictures of this eclipse brought back some good memories.
I remember in 6th grade when we all walked to our teacher’s house to watch a total solar eclipse. I don’t remember where they were broadcasting from, but it was something I will always remember.
I also remember one partial eclipse that we viewed at home when I was young. My Mom had curtains with a pattern of small holes and each of the holes projected little eclipses onto the kitchen floor.
Did you see the eclipse today?
For a look at the two lunar eclipses earlier this year you can visit the posts that I wrote about them: