Range Tracking

Sunday’s partial eclipse

Viewers on the east coast of Florida on Sunday saw the Sun rise partially eclipsed by the Moon in a rare hybrid eclipse. In a hybrid eclipse viewers at different points on the Earth—on this occasion stretching across the Atlantic and Africa—might see either a total eclipse of the Sun by the Moon or an annular eclipse where a fiery ring appears around the Moon. Being at the edge of the eclipse zone we only saw a partial eclipse as the Moon moved off the face of the Sun as it rose at sunrise.
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The Sun rises squeezed between the Atlantic Ocean and a disappointing cloud deck that blocked the Sun causing the loss of precious eclipse viewing time. Thank you to Janice Broda and Bob Bruce for once again allowing me to use their elevated dune crossover that makes for an excellent observation platform just south of Sebastian Inlet State Park, Florida.
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Janice beachcombing at left while Sam and Pepper nose around at center. The Sun is just moments away from breaking out of the cloud deck on the horizon.
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The Sun breaks out of the clouds seen as black wisps against the Sun’s bright face. The eclipse photos were taken through a solar filter used for astronomical viewing that blocks out all but 1/1000th of 1% of the Sun’s light making for safe viewing of the event.
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The Sun clears the clouds revealing the Moon taking out a bite.
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Over the course of the next twenty minutes or so the Moon slowly moved away from the Sun.
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Note the arrowed sunspot groups visible on the face of the Sun.
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The Moon has almost cleared the Sun.
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The eclipse ends with the Sun resuming its normal appearance.

4 comments

  1. Yvonne Florian

    Great pics! I missed most of it due to the cloud bank and trees on the horizon. But now I can say I saw it. Thanks Bob! Did anyone get pictures of it fully eclipsed? Maybe out on a boat in the Atlantic?

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