The One with the Annular Eclipse


Monday, May 21, 2012

We missed out on the Super Moon event recently so I didn't want to miss today's celestial phenomenon - an annular eclipse! FYI - a solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun. A total eclipse is when the moon obscures the sun entirely. An annular eclipse, like the one visible today, is when the moon appears smaller than the sun, leaving visible a thin ring of the sun called an annulus. At the start of the eclipse we were at the park and Chris took a picture with his dumb phone (as opposed to smart phone :) which actually turned out to be the best pic of the event!
Once we got home, my eyes were a little tender... oops... so Chris quickly constructed a pinhole viewer thingy: poke a tiny hole through a notecard, hold that notecard in front of the sun, and then hold a plain notecard about a yard away from the poked-hole notecard to watch the eclipse. We could totally see it!

I love creating memories like this. Simple and sweet!

6 comments

  1. You're so lucky to have seen the eclipse! It's cloudy and raining here. Grrr.

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  2. We watched it tonight too. The neighbor had some official filter thing to look through and he was nice enough to share!

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  3. Thats fun! We couldn't really see it :( Stupid clouds :(

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  4. It was pretty sweet!!! Love your baby girls nursery... it is gorgeous!

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  5. i'm so sad that my camera wasn't able to to capture it! but i saw it and it was incredible! i'm just permanently blinded because of it!
    xo TJ

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  6. I missed it totally today, we had a rainy eclipse! lol Looks like you had some good family fun though!

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