23 October 2014 Partial Solar Eclipse

IMG_5269-1920x1280   The Weather was not favorable across western Missouri today. It started with rain this morning followed by completely overcast skies – but with the storm system moving eastward there was hope that the clouds would also move eastward. The clouds did move eastward, but very slowly.
IMG_5286-1920x1280   So there I was in the parking lot behind the Science/Technology building with 7 students looking at a cloudy sky. After about 30 minutes into the eclipse event we went in to watch it online. Just before 6 pm the skies were showing areas of blue sky, so we went outside and were rewarded with seeing the eclipse from mid-eclipse to nearly sunset – about every 5 minutes as a a break in the clouds would drift across the Sun and Moon.
   The large sunspot I had been following for the past few days shows up in some of the pictures. For the record I did not use a solar filter – just very fast shutter speeds and small aperture settings!

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Caution: Objects viewed with an optical aid are further than they appear.
   Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.

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