Sunday at sunrise was a rare double treat. Besides the benefit of Daylight Saving Time ending and the additional hour morning sunlight, it was the first time in 13 years that a partial eclipse was visible in the Mid Atlantic region. The last one was on Christmas Day in 2000.
While the eclipse was a total coverage in Africa, we did benefit from almost 40% coverage and the contrast of the low angle against the horizon. That made for some great photos… at least for those that did not have clouds in their way. The coverage did look like the computer generated expectation I showed in my prior report.
See the top 10 photos (plus a few bonus pics) I have compiled from our region. You didn't need a special filter, but it sometimes helps to have a good zoom. You will also see how my two sons and I were prepared for safe viewing. I was amazed that someone actually suggested using binoculars to view to eclipse. That would blind you for sure. Instead, we had welders goggles on.
Types of Eclipses:
Partial: Only part of the moon’s shadow is cast on Earth.
Annular: The moon crosses the center of the sun, but is at a farther point in its orbit, so it is too small to block out the sun completely. The outer edges of the sun are visible.
Total: The moon completely blocks out the sun for a small, narrow strip across Earth’s surface. These are most rare. The last one seen in the contiguous US was February 26, 1979. That was in the Pacific Northwest. The last one in the eastern US was on March 7, 1970 seen between Virginia and Florida.
The next one: August 21, 2017. This will be the first to cross the entire US from Pacific to Atlantic since 1918. Baltimore will have about 85% coverage in the middle of the afternoon, 4:43 pm EDT.
Hybrid: This is what November 3rd, 2013 will be. At the start of the eclipse, the moon is too far away for complete blockage of the sun. But during the event, it gets closer and will turn into a total eclipse for some in the path of the center of the shadow.
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