|Deborah's attempt to photograph the eclupse (far right)|
|Photographing through a welding visor|
|Astronomer Explains His Strategy|
And then…a tiny dimple appeared in the orange disk.
|Eclipse Tailgate Party|
|Pinhole Shadow Puppet (crescent "eye" is Sun)|
The Sun had become a fat crescent and then a thin one, and finally we could see the shape of the Moon as a complete circle. A hush fell over our little group as the place where the Moon had first impinged on the Sun began to glow. A complete ring appeared, and through the solar shades, both the central Moon and the surrounding sky were utterly black. People cheered and then hushed.
|Using a Hat as a Pinhole Camera|
The four minutes passed all too quickly, and then the ring at the far side of where the Moon had first appeared began to thin and then to disappear, and the Sun became a thin crescent, and then a fat one. The “reveal” was much less momentous than the occlusion and seemed to go faster. I think the effect was psychological rather than astronomical, and perhaps we were all still in a state of awe from viewing the Ring of Fire.
At least, I hope I was.