Arizona trip – Day 3, Annular Eclipse

Next up – the eclipse!

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We managed to find a Mexican dive restaurant open for some lunch – it was ok. But they had a picnic table and we ate and relaxed a bit. After a rest at the hotel, we headed out to the Dam visitors center, where we were going to take a shuttle to the Wahweap Overlook.

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Fortunately we got on the first bus!

The Solar Express? I love it!
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At the overlook, a lot of people were already there with telescopes set up!
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The sun through an H-alpha filter. At the bottom you can just make out some faint prominences. Through the scope you could actually see the granulation in the sun. It was really cool.

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We set up our blankets and the telescope Bob had brought since there was supposed to be a star party afterwards. The sun was pretty hot.
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You can see the Lake off the distance:
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Panorama:
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You could see the dam:
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Yes, I was wearing and eclipse shirt:
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I got this cool picture somehow of me trying to take a photo through a telescope eyepiece:
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Telescope with a green filter. You can see the eclipse and two sunspot groups:
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Doug used the telescope viewfinder as a pinhole camera to project the eclipse.
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Note the crescent pinhole in the foreground from that burnt out pixel…
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Annularity:
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I loved watching the eclipse with a bunch of other astronomy nerds. A cheer went up when the moon made first contact and again at annularity…

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Michelle at annularity – the pixel is a ring!
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Pinholes:
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There weren’t really trees to make pinhole cameras, but the scrub there almost did it.
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We had some issues with the shuttle buses wanting to leave at 7. The sun didn’t set until 8:30, and the sun was setting in eclipse. So they weirdly wanted everyone to leave before the eclipse was actually over. After talking/complaining to a bunch of people, we ended up sending Bob to go get one of the cars and bring it back. Don caught the very last bus. So we ended up staying and catching the end of the eclipse.

The sun finally set like this – that bright pixel shows its weird shape, part blocked by the moon and part by the horizon.
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And I think this is Michelle’s photo of right before annularity:
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