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First Solar Eclipse of 2010

Posted by Avital Pinnick on January 15, 2010

The clouds that morning were beautiful. Good conditions for taking sky photos but not so good for viewing the partial eclipse (24%). I took this photo at 6:45 a.m. from my balcony, not long after I got up.

Cloudy morning sky

I got to the small park in Mitzpeh Nevo, Maale Adumim, before Roy had arrived, so I went to look at the hyraxes. I could kick myself for forgetting my long lens. This photo, greatly cropped, reminds me of those “Where’s Waldo” books. I think there are six hyraxes in this shot.

Where's Waldo?

Roy, a neighbour who is extremely active in the Israel New Moon Society, set up his tripod with binoculars. It’s a funny-looking contraption, no denying it, but it works.

Setting up binoculars

The wind was blowing from the west, so the bank of clouds that had been over Jerusalem was now directly over us and between us and the sun. This photo was taken with a 3-stop ND filter.

Clouds during eclipse

We’re in luck! The clouds cleared for a few minutes at the maximum point of the solar eclipse, around 8:03 a.m. This photograph was taken from the projection of the eclipse, through the binoculars, onto the white formica-covered board. You can see sunspots on the lower part of the sun. If you click the photo to go to the Flickr page, I’ve marked the spots with a note.

First solar eclipse of 2010

A neighbour stopped by at 8:11 a.m. to see what we were doing. By this time the eclipse is about 12%.

Viewing the eclipse


A couple hours later, Roy sent me his interpretation of one of my photos, enhanced with Photoshop. You can see the sunspots (electrical storms on the surface of the sun, near the top of the disk) quite clearly now.

Enhanced version of solar eclipse

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4 Responses to “First Solar Eclipse of 2010”

  1. Denise said

    What a great blog post! Love the photos.

  2. JulieT said

    Great photos. I love your neighbors; I want neighbors like that. And, uh, SQUEEE! HYRAXES!! EEE! CUTE!

  3. pam said

    You have made my day with this post! Astronomy and wildlife! It doesn’t get any better than this!

    I love that you shared not only the photo of the partial eclipse, but also the shots of what was taking place “on earth” in your neighborhood while it was taking place! Brought back some favorite memories of spending an afternoon with Diane and her beau, standing on a hill in San Diego overlooking the ocean watching and photographing an annular eclipse. Your images brought it all back and in some way I felt I was there with you and your friends!

    The shot of the Hyraxes is brilliant! If ever a shot demonstrated a creature designed to blend in with it’s environment – this is it! I for one and glad you didn’t have that long lens with you! Great shot just as it is! Tells so much about the creatures.

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