Saturday, February 23, 2008

What You Saw, What You Couldn't

It could've been better, but it certainly could've been worse.  In a light-polluted overcast pallette, many folks all over the globe were still able to get very satisfying views of the eclipse.  Oddly slow, however.  The pictured exposures were made 10-15 minutes apart. 

I know many of us couldn't see the refracted light from the sunrises and sunsets, though without any aid I could see it here in Jersey almost to the minute predicted to start.  Looking east, a thumbnail sliver of rust visible in the left upper quadrant and continuing southerly.  This event was the second brightest, outranked only by the eclipse of November, 2003.  Incredibly bright.  I could even make out the lunar seas with no aid whatsoever, and it seems a so-far mystery why this event was so powerfully bright.         

17 comments:

gazker said...

I know it was the sun that made it like that, but could pollution have played a dastardly part in making it so powerfull too?
Gaz xx

kirkbyj05 said...

Your photo slideshow was clever.  
I missed out on the eclipse here in the English lakes as we had cloud cover.
I woke up just after 1.30am when the moon tantalised me with glimpses every now and then through our hall skylight.
The wind was scudding the clouds past my vision.  I gave up in the end as the glimpses were rare.
What a shame.  Seven more years to wait for the next time.
Thanks for sharing Cathy.
Love
Jeanie xxx

treesrgreen78 said...

Here in Canada everything was very clear and the eclipse was absolutely beautiful.  I am so very happy I was able to see this happen, equally happy also as I saw it with my son.  This time, I did not fall off the verandah, lol.  

shrbrisc said...

AH I missed it ,
hugs
Sherry

gdireneoe said...

SO very interesting.  Thank you for popping over...I know...those foolish antibiotics.  We hardly ever take them here (we're lucky enough to have a family doctor that isn't "quick fix" crazy).  I've actually debated (with myself) if I'm doing more damage by being an un-fun mom and making mine eat healthy...it seems as though, that, when I allow more junk, not only do they immediately plump up (we battle it), but they catch more junk at school.  My own susceptibility was from exhaustion at mommy-ing everyone for two weeks. ;)  C.

pamal3 said...

I only had about 20 mins b4 I was going outside searching and guess what?... Yip! I forgot. Unbelievable, but It was just one of those things. Love the pic at the top. Love Pam xx

pharmolo said...

Thanks for sharing those pics, Cathy. No joy here :-\

attitudeslc said...

I wouldn't know a Lunar Sea if I was drowning in one.  I did however ask the nice Lord and Lady to clear up the skys a bit so that I could witness the glory, and sure enough, I was given a perfectly clear sky albiet cold.  I ran out side every 10 min to watch.  It was wondeful!

~Rosemary

princesssaurora said...

It was amazing... I caught the second half...

be well,
Dawn

lanurseprn said...

Your pictures are beautiful! We had clouds here. I was told later that the clouds parted...but I did not see it.
Pam

wwfbison said...

I was witness to the event, it was really something to see.  My pics didn't turn out well though as I didn't use my tripod.  Your pictures are great!!!  
Lisa

rdautumnsage said...

It was indeed a slow progression. As Rosemary did, I went out to see it within 10 min. spans, it was freezing outside. I wish I could of seen more of the Rust glow. Alas I will be waiting earnestly for the next in 3 years. (Hugs) Indigo

preciousone25 said...

I SAW IT!!!  And Yes I thought it was kind of slower than expected!!  Loved it!!

Joann

mutualaide said...

This eclipse was indeed slow moving but thoroughly enjoyed by those in residence here!  Took some pictures ... some came out well, but mostly not.  LOL

It was darned cold out there!

gdireneoe said...

I missed it...grr.  I heard someone remark on how slow it was...wonder why? ;)  C.

jmorancoyle said...

    I wanted to watch this so badly. I missed it though. I think it was a combination of work and snow. Thank you for the photos though. It helps.
Jude
http://journals.aol.com/jmorancoyle/MyWay

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