Monday, August 21, 2017

Solar Eclipse of the Sun August 21st 2017

On Monday, August 21,2017, millions of Americans watched the first total solar eclipse to unfold from coast to coast in the United States for nearly a century.

   It was visible in a seventy mile wide and 2,500 mile long zone in the US.  It drew one of the largest audiences in human history.  I was at a teachers workshop so we all came outside to take photographs.

The moon completely covered the sun and the sun's atmosphere.  The corona can be seen.

The moon passed between the sun and Earth and blocked all or part of the sun for up to about three hours.  
A pinhole was pricked on a piece of white paper to cause the reflection of the sun on the as-fault
.  Special glasses were worn to protect your eyes.
Reflections of people holding papers with a pinhole reflect on the hot Texas pavement.

I took these photographs from Dallas but if you were in Carbondale, Illinois the duration of the eclipse was the longest.  The sun was completely covered for two minutes and 40 seconds.  
It is an event people will remember for a lifetime.  What were you doing during the solar eclipse?

Some say it is a message to mankind.  

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