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Friday, August 07, 2009

What I missed

I wish I could have been there, but …

Two weeks ago, most of my family was on a ship in the Pacific Ocean near Iwo Jima to observe a solar eclipse. I, alas, was unable to be there, but I did get to watch things get dark via the ship's webcams.

Many of my relatives have super-duper fancy digital cameras, so I was expecting I would get to see some awesome photos. That was indeed the case. The very best photos, according to the acclamation of those who went on the trip, were those taken by my own offspring, Gerald.

Here is a shot that he got during the totality of the eclipse. What's spectacular about it is the detail of the moon's surface that can be seen. Obviously, the side of the moon that faces the earth is not getting direct sunlight, since the sun is behind it. Instead, sunlight reflecting off the earth is illuminating the moon, a phenomenon known as earthshine.

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Blogger Carol Anne said...

Programming note: Visitor #56K was from Manitoba, on a Mac using Safari, on a search for reasons not to go to someplace. Actually, my post about that has been fairly popular lately. Zorro can be proud of the inspiration he provided.

Not that somebody from Canada could make use of excuses involving a massage parlor in Juarez.

Sat Aug 08, 11:42:00 PM MDT  

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