Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Sun seen non-event

It got a little darker. We noticed that, and how odd it felt for the shadows to be the wrong length for that amount of darkness. It wasn't darker than a thundery day, but of course you don't have shadows on a thundery day.

Both our viewing techniques worked.

The mirror - taping over all but a 1cm square of a small hand-held mirror, and reflecting the image onto a wall. We taped a piece of white paper to the wall to make it clearer.

Simple pin-hole camera. Just two pieces of white paper, one with a pen-prick hole in it, allowing just enough light in to see the crescent shape.

At the last minute I remembered that I viewed the one at Stonehenge through the video camera, so I viewed it through there as well. That was exceedingly pretty, with sun rays streaking through a blue sky, but not in the least eclipse-like! I guess we were just too far north after all.

Now we're watching it on TV and seeing what we missed out on!

5 comments:

illahee said...

yeah, that's pretty much how it was here. since it was off and on clouds all morning, you really couldn't tell there was an eclipse. *sigh* maybe some other time (in another country i guess. china seems to see a lot of them....)

gaijin wife said...

We won't be able to come on Sunday. Hub has firebrigade shit most of the day and Granny K has expressed her unwillingness to look after Shou or Marina and there is no way I am bringing all three of them on my own - and no amount of bribing with custard and jelly will help. Gomen.

But please come and visit us during the summer holidays - Wednesday afternoons are out but any other day is ok!!

Rachel said...

What a shame! Kick hub for me. I hope you find it easier to travel in a few years when the kids get a bit older, cos it sucks having to depend on him like that.

We are going to the beach on Thursday, see you then?

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i've tagged you for a meme!