Eclipse Day

On eclipse day, July 11, 2010, the favored dress
is eclipse tee shirts. I am wearing mine from the
1998 eclipse in Curaçao, and Carol is wearing
hers from the 2002 eclipse in Australia (right).
Many, including Sally and Peter Oberbeck (far
right), wear the “official” tee issued for the
occasion of this eclipse.

The totally eclipsed sun may be safely viewed with unprotected eyes or regular glasses. However, to view a partially-eclipsed sun, protection is needed. The favored protection is dark smoked arc-welder's glass. Our leaders, Jay and Judy Anderson, supplied glass, cardboard, and tape, to make a convenient viewing tool. On eclipse day, many walked around with the cardboard, to check on the progress and stage of the eclipse. I also had solar filters to fit over my binocular eyepieces.

Judith, Peter & Sally Oberbeck
Judith sitting with Peter and Sally Oberbeck, during the eclipse. Peter and I are looking through binoculars with solar filters; Sally is photographing.

Solar flares erupt from the sun’s glowing chromosphere, a layer of solar atmosphere briefly visible during the eclipse. Image by Landon Noll.
Judith & Carol Sally & Peter Oberbeck
Judith & Carol with Eclipse Viewing Tool Watching the Eclipse on the Deck
Watching the Eclipse on the Deck
Clouds threaten to cover the sun, so that totality will not be visible. Fortunately, that did not happen—though clouds did become more numerous throughout the day.

Eclipsed Sun X
Totally eclipsed sun, two photos by Peter Oberbeck.