Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Solar eclipse

We didn't get a total eclipse today. We got a 75% one. Pictures of solar eclipses are gen'rally alike, so instead we set up a camera and took photos of the concrete at five minute intervals, to record the curious fact that the sunlight coming through the foliage of a flowering cherry appears as crescent shapes which change position, each gap between the leaves acting as a pinhole camera. Here they are, starting just as the eclipse was at its maximum.

At the end the light was blobby and boring. When the eclipse was no longer visible in the welding mask (you hold a piece of fizzy drinks can with a pinhole punched through it in front of the mask's lens) John ate his Bomber's Egg and went off, appropriately, to his physics exam.



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