As I’m sure you’re aware, on August 21, 2017, North American experience totality in what is known as the Great American Solar Eclipse.
Here in Connecticut, we only experienced a partial eclipse, and we didn’t purchase any eclipse glasses.
But there is never a problem without a solution. And so we downloaded an eclipse projector from Warby Parker (I recently bought glasses from them) and saw (if small) our own eclipse!
It was really a pinhole projector, which means that you poke a small hole in a sheet of cardboard and reflect the sun onto a sheet of paper. At first, clouds made us unsure as to wether it would word, since the projector works best in bright light, but it was enlightening to see what we saw in the picture above.
Now, for those pinhole projector experts out there, I know the projection seems small (that’s about as big as we could get it) but it was still just as fascinating. It was really something to be able to experience such a rare alignment of our solar system- it’s another thing that makes our world so beautiful.
For an hour, we watched as the eclipse neared 67%, then waned back to the regular sun. The only difficulty about this was not glancing at the sun! Whether it be turning around quickly, glancing the wrong way, or walking back indoors, I managed to catch a few glimpses of the sun (I didn’t get to see the eclipse, though!). And BOY, was that sun bright!
All in all, though, it was a great summer experience. Totality must have been amazing- I’ve seen pictures – but I guess I’ll have to wait another 17 or so years for that. And, I can say that I saw the Great American Solar Eclipse.
In other news- my regular posting schedule returns September 10th!
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