Eclipse observations

The above video shows the effect of the eclipse on the lighting of our back lawn for the 4 critical minutes around the totality.

Below is a chronology of what we saw during our various spaced timed sightings:

  • 11:30 — full sun through camera obscura and eclipse glasses. Outside thermometer 72 degrees.
  • 11:50 — possible piece out of right side through camera obscura, through eclipse glasses definite though small piece covering sun in the 2 o’clock position. Outside thermometer 72 degrees.
  • 12:10 — Camera Obscura shows definite bite out of right side. Eclipse glasses show moon’s leading edge about halfway to the sun’s center point. Outside thermometer 74 degrees.
  • 12:30 — Camera obscura show indefinite progress across sun. Eclipse glasses show moon’s leading edge close to the sun’s center point. Outside thermometer 74 degrees.
  • 12:50 — Camera obscura shows indefinite progress across sun. Eclipse glasses show moon’s leading edge past the sun’s center point — a definite crescent. Not sure exact distance across sun.  Outside thermometer 74 degrees.
  • 1:00 — Camera obscura indefinite progress but progress. Eclipse glasses show thumbnail sun — crescent shape. Outside temperature
  • 1:00-1:08 — finally starting to get the weird lighting feels. The air gives a slight sense of a cool breeze, but the thermometer still shows 74. Getting dimmer and darker, crescent shrinks.
  • Totality — Can see the bead effect and the shimmer around it.  Nighttime darkness.
  • The brightening is almost more eerie than the going dark.
  • Clouds finally occluded our observation during the totality, so we couldn’t get a good view of the passing off the sun at first.
  • 1:15 p.m. — Eclipse Goggles do not work well through cloud cover.

Below is a time-lapse video of the grass behind our house, encapsulating 100 minutes into 26 seconds:

 

 

 

 

 

One thought on “Eclipse observations

  1. The deck cooled off on my bare feet, but other than that the temperature didn’t really change.

    Also didn’t notice any change to the constant background insect drone.

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