Saturday, August 26, 2017

Pic(k) of the Week: Totality -minus 5 minutes.

Totality -minus 5 minutes

An eerie pall, then, almost instantly, darkness. Majestic, mysterious, and awful (in its deific sense) beauty.

Along the shores of Lake Hartwell, at the conjunction of northeastern Georgia and South Carolina, the Great American Eclipse 2017 began on the afternoon of Monday, 21 August, at 1:05 pm and ended nearly three hours later at 4:01 pm. Totality —complete eclipse— was briefer, beginning at 2:35:46 and ending at 2:38:21.

Despite having done what I thought to be due diligence, I, a piker, failed to fully comprehend the great degree of difficulty I would have, while wearing darkened eclipse glasses, to actually find and frame the sun via my camera's LCD screen. 

That being so, I dud manage to snap a few photos of the gathering eclipse (such as above, at 2:30 pm, five minutes before totality), a handful of my fellow eclipse-watchers, and a few shaky shots of the sun when totality struck.

This was the first total eclipse to traverse the entire continental United States since 1918. The wait for the next totally-American total eclipse won't be quite as long. It will darken the width of the continent twenty-eight years from now, on 12 August 2045. *

I'll be ready.

  • * The next total solar eclipse to be visible over North America (but not exclusive to the U.S.) will be even sooner yet: 8 April 2024.
  • More of my eclipse photos, as they were: here.

  • Pic(k) of the Week: one in a weekly series of photos taken (or noted) by me, posted on Saturdays, and often, but not always (as is the case today), with a good fermentable as the subject.
  • See the photo on Flickr: here.
  • Camera: Olympus Pen E-PL1.
  • Commercial reproduction requires explicit permission, as per Creative Commons.

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