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Today's the big day! Please tell us whether you're going to observe the annular solar eclipse, how you're doing it (safely, of course) and what it's like:
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I have a digital camera with a movable digital screen. I can set the screen perpendicular to the camera and look at the eclipse through the screen. I put on a telephoto lens and added all of my filters too it. Probably not as many as I need, but I should get a decent shot of the eclipse without 'looking' at it!
We're not geographically located to get a good look, so we'll be watching online.
Time and place varied quite a bit. I did mention that the annular phase was visible over parts of OR, CA, NV, UT, CO, AZ, NM and TX. I also mentioned that the partial eclipse began around 8 p.m. ET, and that the annular phase would begin after 9 p.m. ET. If you could go out and see the sun (with proper eye protection) after 8 p.m. ET, chances are that you could see at least part of the partial eclipse. The most important part was the link to the clickable map, where folks could find out exactly what they could see when. I also included a map. Don't know what else could be done, other than duplicating the database that NASA put together. Transit of Venus will be a bit easier to explain.
+Alan Boyle This is the first eclipse I have ever seen using glasses and it was indescribably awesome. I was just happy to share the experience with as many children as I did. I had to drag them over to look through the glasses, because it was not slap your face apparent that anything was happening, and most knew nothing about the eclipse. The ones I was able to share the experience with were hooked and kept coming back to see the progress. Our eclipse was about 90% of the annular eclipse, more of a new moon 'C' shape.
Nice! So glad you were able to get them hooked! My kids are a bit blase about all this...
My sons elementary school team was in the middle of a basketball tourney. I grabbed the kids as they went in, and as many of the parents as I could. I stayed outside looking at it with the kids for the entire 2 hours. I had a blast!
I could see the path info, but I would have liked to see the articles note that the partial eclipse would also be interesting. As I said, it's not just your articles. I appreciate all you do to publicize the sky. I watched it on the National Park Service's webcast from Petrogylph National Monument.
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