Although we missed out on last month’s full lunar eclipse, because it wasn’t visible from the Middle East, we were in a good place to see today’s partial solar eclipse. We don’t have any of the proper viewing equipment, and we only have simple digital cameras (although our Sony Cybershot is pretty good for point and shoot) but, thank goodness for a little cloud cover!! It allowed me to take some decent photos. The kids were very excited about the opportunity to see an eclipse… Honor jumped at the chance to wiki it, and that smart little cookie even knew how to spell eclipse properly! Brian looked up several methods for safe viewing, and we tried a pinhole camera method, as well as reflecting the sun with a mirror. Neither worked very well for us. Maybe it would have been better during a full eclipse? I simply aimed the camera in the general direction, zoomed it as far as it would zoom, and snapped lots and lots of photos. I actually managed to get some rather nice ones.
Here’s one right before the eclipse.
The photo below is my favorite. I love the light on the clouds.