Someone is Eating the Sun!

I have fond memories from childhood of reading and re-reading a delightful little children’s book called Someone is Eating the Sun, which in it’s own humorous way described the scientific marvel of a solar eclipse. Now as of this morning, some 15 years later, I can officially say that I have experienced a real solar eclipse! Too bad the real thing isn’t at all as fantastic as the children’s books. Smile

2765_Canon EOS 40D, 200 mm, 1-8000 sec at f - 22, ISO 100

The eclipse that occurred this morning was not a Total Eclipse, but an Annular Eclipse which is visible somewhere in the world every year or so. This year, the maximum viewing point happened to be dead center over the Pacific Ocean so the eclipse was only partially visible in places like East Asia and the Western United States. The sky didn’t grow dark and the blockage of sunlight was hardly visible over the landscape, but still, it was great fun to experience and take pictures of even though it was impossible to actually see the eclipse due to the bright, mid-morning sun.

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  1. Michael May 21, 2012 at 8:09 am #

    Remarkable! Glad you were able to shoot the event!

  2. Esther Staddon May 21, 2012 at 9:04 am #

    The picture looks like the sky DID grow dark and the blockage of sunlight was VERY visitble. So that picture was not what you saw?

  3. Everett May 21, 2012 at 9:00 pm #

    wow! you were able to see it! where are you now? (in the US or world), you always seem to be moving.

  4. James May 22, 2012 at 2:23 am #

    Nope! It was in the middle of the morning so the sky was blue and it was impossible to look at the sun directly. I posted a little explanation of how I shot it on my blog ( if you want to read the details. 🙂

    And yes, Everett, I have been traveling around quite a bit. Right now, and hence for this event, I’m working in the IBLP Korea office in Gimpo, South Korea. It’s a great place to be working!

  5. Robert Staddon May 22, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

    Here’s a direct link to the explanation, guys:

  6. The Johnson Team May 23, 2012 at 10:02 am #

    We saw it happen on a space camera website! It was awesome!!!

  7. Esther Staddon May 23, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

    Oh, I see! Wow, that’s amazing!

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