Racing to Glimpse a Solar Eclipse
I had missed the news that there’d be a partial solar eclipse, at sunrise, visible in the eastern North America states on Sunday morning. But in the 15 minutes after waking, trying to figure out which clock has the right time, I log on and learn of it.
Since it’s still dark, I know it hasn’t occurred yet. But since I haven’t had coffee, it’s a bit difficult to quickly comprehend exactly when official sunrise occurs in southeast Harford County.
Some research and then calculations on UT, EST, EDT — math that shouldn’t happen before coffee — and I realize I have about 15 minutes to get to a spot where I can actually view the sunrise. That spot is a grocery store parking lot only about four miles away but a gazillion traffic signals stand between. Since I’m still in sleepwear, I toss on pants, cover up with a fleece jacket, and tie on sneakers.
Dashing outside, silently already praying to the traffic signal gods to give me green lights, I see the horizon is thick with clouds. What are the chances of actually seeing a sunrise? Is the chance worth giving up a Sunday morning where I could linger in bed?
I go for it and am rewarded. Here are pictures. A really neat ‘wearing “sun” glasses’ effect happens at the end.
The sky is brightening. There’s a chance I’ll catch a glimpse of the sun. Will it be enough to see the partial eclipse?
At least I’m in the right spot, a direct view of where the sun will rise:
The view opens up:
And I get it the solar eclipse. The oval at the bottom is the moon:
The sun rises behind the bank of clouds, cutting off the view of the top of the sun, while the moon eclipses it at the bottom, creating a really neat ‘wearing “sun” glasses’ effect:
And it’s over – with the rising sun now hidden behind the cloud bank:
I wander into the grocery store for a warm cup of coffee and a pastry — thrilled for the start of my day!
Is there anything you’ve done to capture a particularly special moment of Nature?