Partial eclipse

Partial eclipse of the Sun from Birmingham UK projected through binoculars 1st August 2008

Today’s partial eclipse of the Sun viewed in projection through one half of a pair of binoculars. I had to work quickly – no time to set up a screen at a better angle – because of the rapidly moving cloud and rain showers floating around the Midlands at present. I think I missed the maximum of the partial eclipse at this latitude.

It is 40% of the Moon covering the Sun in Scotland, but only around 15% here in the Midlands. The eclipse is total in Northern Canada, Greenland, parts of Russia and China.

Nice to think of the approximate alignment of the Moon, Sun and my shed for a few hours…

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