1000 Eclipses

August 1, 2008

1000 Eclipses - light going thru the pinholes of the satellite dish

1000 Eclipses - light going thru the pinholes of the satellite dish - can you see the bite in the sun?

There! By my thumb! That faint image of the eclipsed sun on a piece of paper.

There! By my thumb! That faint image of the eclipsed sun on a piece of paper.

Another 1000 eclipses...

Another 1000 eclipses...

1120, 1st August. It’s a solar eclipse today. And it’s never good to peer directly at the sun (although I did have a quick peek throught the clouds). Instead I used my schoolboy improvisation skills to construct a pinhole camera by digging a sharp thing though a piece of card. Then hopped out onto the flat roof to see if I could see the eclipse. And lo, I was able to see an image of the sun with a bite in it – about 20% of the area. A sort of Apple logo in shape.

Better: I found that the unused satellite dish (which is punctured with many holes) made an excellent pinhole effect. Hence – 1000 (blurry) eclipses. Is there a collective noun for a group of eclipses?

Other things to notice about an eclipse: colours are slightly washed out and it seems quieter, calmer.

Back of the house

Back of the house, during an eclipse

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