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A Clear Shot at a Partial Eclipse

The Sun and Moon defy the clouds to put on a show.

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Mid-eclipse as seen from Victoria, British Columbia. Courtesy Gary Seronik

Despite a gloomy start to the day, and a pessimistic forecast from Environment Canada, the skies over Victoria, British Columbia, remained mostly clear for the October 23 partial eclipse of the Sun. It was only after mid-eclipse that thin clouds occasionally obscured the solar disc. But as things began to wind down, the wind picked up, the sky darkened and rain began to fall.

Giant sunspot AR2192 added interest and provided a handy reference point for monitoring the Moon’s progress as it advanced across the solar disc. Indeed the sunspot made for a more photogenic event than most partials. At mid-eclipse, through eclipse glasses, the Sun looked liked a child’s drawing of a big, fat crescent Moon, or a cosmic smile. Appropriate, considering the ever-temperamental weather gods seemed to smile on us here.

Did you see the eclipse? Add your comment below, or send us your photos and observing reports via e-mail.

Categories: Eclipses, Observing Reports
2 comments on “A Clear Shot at a Partial Eclipse
  1. David A. Rodger says:

    A few small breaks in the cloud here in North Vancouver enabled me to see the eclipse just before maximum. Unfortunately it had rained off an on all day up to then so I hadn’t dared to put out my solar telescope with the hydrogen alpha filter on it. Instead I viewed the eclipse naked-eye through the front-end filter of my 1977 Celestron 8-inch SCT. As I felt the temptation to quickly set up the telescope, the clouds moved back into place, and that was that!

    As far as I know the next partial solar eclipse visible from southwestern British Columbia will be in August 2017. On that occasion, if one drives a few hundred miles to the south, it will be a full total solar eclipse. And since it’s in August the chances of seeing it are much better than October.

    DAR

  2. Steve Irvine says:

    A really fine photograph, Gary. And the lucky placement of one of the largest sunspots in ages makes for a truly unique image.

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