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RINGS OF FIRE THROUGH THE WINDOW COVERING

What great pictures there are today of the solar eclipse that occurred yesterday!

Here in Albuquerque, the sky was clear, and since it was one of the most optimum places to view this happening, there were a lot of special events and viewing options. I prepared myself to witness the affects, but did not obtain any special eye wear or gadgets to make it possible to stare right at the  solar eclipse. 

Instead, being the good “window related” person I am, I found some interesting places to make those rings of fire associate themselves with windows and window coverings.

Yep, that’s little rings of fire created by the big ring of fire in the sky. And, seen through a vertical blind in the guest room. How appropriate for me. 

As a bonus, the reflection of this event made something even better on the wall directly across from the window.

This was almost as much fun as the total solar eclipse I witnessed on February 26, 1979 in Oregon. We lived on a dairy at the time, and mid-morning the skies became totally dark and the cows started to come home.

For Your Windows sells vertical blinds, but darn, we don’t have any with little rings of fire.

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THE MAIN EVENT

Back in May of 2012, I blogged about the annular solar eclipse observed here in Albuquerque. Without even venturing outside my windows I captured some pretty cool pictures showing rings of fire coming through a window blind and reflecting on the opposite wall. The partially obstructed sun was shining through a tree outside the window. I found it interesting to find an article this morning suggesting an easy way to see an eclipse’s effects by finding a leafy tree and witnessing the shadows as the event happens. No gadget needed. You can also find easy instructions for making your own device if you did not secure some of the special glasses. Boy Scouts of America has a video here that looks very doable. 

 

In February of 1979, I was fortunate to have experienced another total eclipse. I lived near Portland then and it happened in the morning. I am pretty sure the sky was overcast, but it was quite an experience to have it get dark mid morning. We live on a dairy at the time, and the cows got very confused and headed home. Because it was winter the temperature issue was not that observable. I also witnessed a partial solar eclipse in Tucson in July of 1991. The temperature decline was very obvious even with a partial. That one was very similar to what I expect here in Albuquerque on Monday.

If you do not have the correct glasses and do not want to build a device, keep in mind the other phenomenon during a solar eclipse.

  • 360-degree sunrise/sunset
  • Mercury may be more visible
  • City lights or street light may turn on
  • The temperature decrease
  • Amazing shadow formations  (my cool picture is proof)

So, if you are lucky enough to be in the path where the eclipse is visible, you do not have to feel ill prepared. Personally, I think staring at the sun might get a bit boring if you forget to witness the other cool stuff that is happening. The “main event” is totally what you make of it: ENJOY!

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