You know I love my astronomy! It’s more awesome if I can do it from the driveway! Solar filter, check. Eclipse glasses, check. Day off, check. August 21, 2017, check.
With eclipsageddon happening in our neck of the woods, we decided to stay home and enjoy the 99% totality from the driveway. And it wasn’t disappointing at all.
Shortly after 9:00 a.m., the first hint of the coming eclipse touched the sun.
At less than halfway, the temperature noticeably dropped, and the light changed. Murkier.
Neighbors walked or drove by and slowed to look at us. So we waved them over and invited them to look through the telescope and hang out. We shared our extra eclipse glasses. Eclipse party! With people we had never met before. Fun!
It grew colder and darker. At 99%, the birds stopped singing, the streetlights kicked on, the crickets started chirping. It was a strange light, a thicker dim than dusk. We all got goose bumps. It was a fantastic experience.
The light and heat slowly returned, and the eclipse was over. It’s so worth experiencing. Did you get to experience any of the solar eclipse? Did you think it rocked?
Here are a few more photos. The photos were taken with my Sony Sureshot through my telescope with a solar filter on the scope. Otherwise, we would have set our eyes on fire and possibly a neighbor’s house. Not a good thing.
It was a most awesome adventure.