Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Taiwan Solar Eclipse!

Today I saw the first solar eclipse of my adult life.

I do have a vague memory of seeing one when I was a child, but that may or may not be a figment of my imagination.... so today was a big day for me!

Just last year I had the pleasure of watching a total lunar eclipse (2/20/08) while I was on a business trip driving through the mid-west country side, so astronomically speaking, this has been a lucky year for me!

It turned out to be fortunate that it was a partially cloudy day because the clouds allowed us to see the eclipse more clearly (and allowed me to take some pictures!) Check it out:

The language center office took apart some old floppy disks and gave us the film to use while we were looking at the eclipse, these - along with the clouds - gave us a great view of the event! According to my teacher, the next one won't occure in Taiwan until the year 2070!

Taiwan only enjoyed an 80% solar eclipse. Here are some pictures of the eclipse at it's peak:

Pretty cool!!!

Here is a video of the eclipse that someone from my University put together (Feng Chia University - 逢甲大學). The video was taken from the same courtyard where I was watching the eclipse.

and speaking of eclipse videos... my friend just sent me a note asking me if I caught the eclipse yesterday and attached this video... priceless!

1 comment:

  1. AWESOME! What a once in a lifetime experience! I also vaguely remember being able to see one when I was younger, but I don't remember it at all.