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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Crescent of fire

View of a partial solar eclipse from Bodega Head on 20 May 2012.


Photos were taken between 6:01 p.m. and 6:54 p.m.  They are in chronological order, starting in the upper left corner and ending in the lower right.  The center images were taken at 6:29 and 6:31 p.m., the peak of the eclipse in our area.  During the eclipse, ambient light levels became noticeably dimmed.

At sites further north in California, an annular eclipse produced a complete "ring of fire", but at our latitude/longitude the eclipse was more like a "crescent of fire."

The silhouette of the moon moved across the sun from the southeast quadrant towards the northwest quadrant.  You can see it coming in from the lower right and leaving from the upper left.

Quite a sight!

5 comments:

Philip said...

Wonderful - thanks for taking these great photos

Hollis said...

Lovely! We were on the Head as well and one of the most striking things was the rich saturation & deepening of colors of familar wildflowers and grasses and the deep blue of the sky overhead as well as how distinct each blade of the dunes appeared. It was like viewing the world through a polarizer. Definitely going to use a polarizer more often when photographing this landscape

Amy said...

Nice series!

Leth Benz said...

Beautiful! Well done :)

Romie said...

I was really sad not to be able to see the eclipse on the East coast. Thanks, Jackie, for the great pictures!