Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Eclipse: shadow play

My parents live quite close to the area of totality of the August 21, 2017 solar eclipse. Huge storms early in the day left a number of broken branches in the yard, but by the time the eclipse occurred, the day was quiet and the clouds high and intermittent.

The good news is that the sliver left by 98% coverage could be seen beautifully through the clouds. Camera settings allowed me a few good photos as the moon passed across the face of our bright star. 

It was not as dark as the photos suggest. The dark in the clouds was due to camera settings. When that sliver peeked out between the clouds, it was too bright to photograph with clarity.

The shift in position of the sliver of solar light is a chronicle of the passage of the moon across the sun's face.



  1. Wow such great pictures thank you for sharing this.

    1. It was quite exciting and you're welcome. If the clouds hadn't come, we would never have seen this as it would have been too bright. I watched this with my 89 year old dad. What a gift it was to share it with him.

  2. Wow, that is amazing! I heard a lot of people talking about it in the States (not in Europe) but I hadn't seen any pictures. Looks like it was incredible! :) Lisa