These were photos shot by our ace photo enthusiast Dharma. Hope I did a good job compiling them to one frame. Sam
I am one of those fortunate to experience two total solar eclipses. The first one was in Sri Lanka on June 20th,1955.
Like the others who have mentioned here, I remember some aspects of the eclipse very clearly.. We had safe viewing material Darkened film/soot coated glass. I do not remember the shadow of the moon traversing the sun. But I distinctly remember the darkening of sky and the crows gathering and vocalizing in preparation to roost for the night. I learned that the total eclipse lasted 7 minutes and 8 seconds, one of the longest ever. When the shadow of the moon moved, we experienced the “second dawn” for the same day! The crows did what they usually do at dawn, they started vocalizing and flying around. I wonder if they knew they had spent the shortest “night” of their lives!! Also I recall roosters crowing.
The second was on Aug 21st, 2017 in USA. We travelled by car, a 5hr trip to Carbondale, Illinois for maximum totality. 2min 37 sec. Eight of us including our grandchildren made the trip. We found a good spot and set up our cameras. It got hot and humid. 90F (32C), Heat Index was 114F (45C). Much to my disappointment, I experienced heat exhaustion. My son continued the photography. We got 1000 pictures and selected few for the RU news.
This time I experienced
- Every moment of the lunar shadow transit over the sun.
- The “DIAMOND RING” due to sunlight passing between lunar mountain / valleys or possibly the sliver of sun being visible.
- When the shadow moved out, the light appeared ‘white” like LED light, unlike the usual yellow/orange tinge.
- A distinct drop in air temperature, said to be about 8F. The difference was clearly felt
- Most exciting for me was, that my family especially our grandchildren were with me to experience this celestial event. I feel they will remember this for the rest of their lives!!
Carbondale will be in the path of the next total eclipse on April 4th,2024. They call themselves “at the cross roads of eclipse”. I hope to watch it, even if it is from 6 feet under!!!