Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Last Time ...

... the Moon covered the Sun around these here parts was November 3, 2013. At sunrise as they both came up over the Atlantic Ocean.

And a hardy crew, including yours truly, was there to witness the event.

Note the proper filtration on the cameras and being used by the fellow (Jeremy) at the far end of the group. Also note the attire, it was chilly, although Joe, not pictured, wore shorts.

As is often the case, it was cloudy along the horizon.

But eventually the Sun poked above the clouds.

We could not yet see it but the eclipse was well under way.

You can get the slightest of hints something is different about this sunrise.

And now it becomes quite obvious.

And once above the clouds there is no doubt.

But the Moon was already leaving the Sun's disk even as it was rising for us.

Here in the Philadelphia area less than half, around 44%, of the Sun's disk was obscured by the moon that morning.

And then ...

... it was over.


This will give you some idea about what you'll see, sans sunrise bits, on the 21st of this month. Although the obscuration will be around 75% this time.

You can read more about the curious hybrid eclipse of November 2013 here. And about what you'll see for this month's eclipse here.

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