Daily Archives: May 20, 2012

Eclipse 2012

Well I haven’t seen a solar eclipse for years.  Never seen a total solar eclipse and this one wasn’t either, but still pretty cool.  We all got together to watch it this evening, starting in the garage, then moving to the end of the block after the sun went behind the trees.

Here’s the setup I rigged up. Using the binoculars in my vice and an old JC Penny shirt box. Not bad for scrambling to find stuff in 5 minutes.

It’s beginning! I was even able to see some sunspots. I’d looked at the sun this way before, but either I never noticed them, or just didn’t see them before.

As the sun got lower in the sky, we had to relocate as the neighbor’s trees were blocking all the sunlight into the garage.

Had just some light clouds, only obstructed our view for maybe 10 minutes.

And that’s about the maximum eclipse that we saw from our location. You can see the power pole getting in the way, and after this the sun got too low to get a clear shot at. It was pretty fun. Made me feel like a kid again!

Speaking of kids, here’s Luke checking out the eclipse in this video: