Friday, August 25, 2017

Solar Eclipse 2017

It took a little while to get the photos pulled together, but I think it was worth the wait.  The full solar eclipse was an amazing sight.

Solar Eclipse with insets

One of the best photos that Tina captured is the one above – the two insets are pretty interesting.  The inset on the left is the same photo with the corona enhanced so the magnetic field can be seen more clearly, and the inset on the right has no enhancements other than to include arrows pointing out the “Bailey’s Beads” which are solar prominences.  (If you right click on the photo, you should be able to save a copy to your computer that you can zoom in on to see these more clearly.Crescent Shadows-2

Prior to totality, and after, we could see nature’s version of the shadow-box view of the eclipse.  As the sun shines through the trees, the shadows on the ground.  In this photo, notice how the shadows have a crescent shape – that is how much of the sun was still showing leading up to the total eclipse.

Going back to the sun, Tina took a photo about every 10 minutes leading up to the full eclipse, and we used that to make a time lapse view of what we saw…

Solar Eclipse Time Lapse

We also set up a camera pointing over Lake Murray to record the Eclipse Twilight that occurs during totality.  The video is sped up to emphasize the change, and I left the audio in place.  As the eclipse begins the sound of the evening birds and insects can be heard, and then they get quite when it is full.  As the eclipse ends, the sound of the morning birds and insects can be heard as they get ready to “start” the day.

Eclipse Twilight

It’s pretty amazing how quickly two minutes can pass by; when the eclipse ended it was hard to believe that it lasted more than a few seconds.  Now we’re hoping that we can make it to see the next one!

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