Sunday, May 20, 2012

Solar eclipse

I remember a solar eclipse here a few years ago, but this one was supposed to be bigger and better, so Tom put a little work into his "solar eclipse machine."

We got a good sample right around 6 p.m., and continued until about 6:45 p.m. when children's attention was significantly diminished.  No ring of fire (Northern California has a better angle for that) but an impressive eclipse anyway.  We definitely noticed it was getting slightly darker, even though the sun was still up.  I like this picture of Lukas viewing the eclipse while Natalie swings.


Here Tom is attaching foil with a larger hole.  We later found that a hole that was smaller (about 1/4" diameter) worked better.

What we saw at 6:15 p.m.

Of course we invited a few neighbors over to share.  At one time we had 10 kids in the yard.

Dominik's first solar eclipse.  He has no clue.

After we changed the cover to have a smaller hole, it came in much clearer.

Around 6:30 we could also see the shadows change to look like half-circles too.

About 6:40, the time of maximum eclipse.

Thanks for a fun eclipse party, Tom!

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