Scrapbook

A note to readers

08/22/17

I’ve always loved scrapbooking- it’s such a fun way to document how you spend your time! I thought that documenting my experience seeing to the total solar eclipse just yesterday would be the perfect excuse to start one online.

 

08/22/17

Total Solar Eclipse

After about 100 years, North America got to experience a total solar eclipse. The total eclipse could be seen from the states of Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. My family and I chose to see it from Ontario, Oregon. These are pictures from our experience.

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The sun right when the Eclipse began. I used a solar filter to safely view the sun from my camera. The filter only let through about 1/1000 of the light, which was still more than enough to get a great picture of the sun

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The sun maybe about 25% covered

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The Eclipse about 50% of the way through. Here, the sun truly looks like the moon in the usual night sky.

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~60%

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Only a few minutes before the total eclipse occurred.

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A few seconds before the total eclipse occured

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The total eclipse!
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You could tell the eclipse was happening just be how dark everything was around you. It looks like its almost night time.
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A few seconds after the total eclipse

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I got some pretty nice shots of the eclipse occurring, but none of them capture how amazing of an experience it actually was, in person. We watched the total eclipse from right outside our hotel. That doesn’t sound like a particularly exciting place to watch it from- we could have gone to the much prettier hills down in Huntington or Baker City- but we did meet an astronaut during our trip who had chosen to watch it from the same parking lot, so I wouldn’t say we picked too bad of a spot!

You could tell that the eclipse was happening around you: it got colder, because the sun’s heat was blocked by the moon. It got darker, and quieter. I really wish I had a better camera, because my picture of the total eclipse truly doesn’t capture the experience. The sky became a deep shade of blue and as the moon covered the sun, there was a sharp, silver-light border that formed around it. All of a sudden, everyone was silent- even the people who had been blasting their music and cheering a few seconds before. It was like everyone had taken a collective gasp as well all stared up at the sky. I’m glad I got a photo, but nothing compares to seeing it all happen in person.

I really wanted to get the experience on video, but unfortunately my tripod wasn’t working very well so there was no way to do it. Still, the total eclipse occurs every 18 months or so, so I will be sure to get it next time.

The next total eclipse in North America is 7 years from now, so be sure to plan your trip! The next total eclipse can be seen from South America on July 02 2019 (see here).

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