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29 March 2006

Partial Eclipse of the Sun

86% covered here in Athens
 
Me and Mary, watching the eclypse

Just came back from watching the peak of the partical eclipse of the sun. In Athens the sun was covered 86%, which was quite impressive. But I've read that even 99% is not the same as a total eclipse, since the effects of the surroundings going totally "night" are missing (dogs barking, wind etc.).

Over here it got a bit darker, as if it was a completely overhung, cloudy day. We had light clouds. Most of the time I was able to see things well (using the special glasses of course), only one small moment did the clouds interfere. The sun turned into a thin sickel, like an early waxing moon. At times I seemed to see something like a halo on the covered side, but it could have been the clouds. Now the sun is slowly growing back again, it gets ligher outside.

It also got noticeable colder. The roof of our office building has a good view, not only on the sun, but also on the surroundings. We had a view on the sea and could see Pireus.


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Re: Partial Eclipse of the Sun

Now you remind me of the song saying "don't let the sun go down on me" sang by George Michael. Glad that you enjoyed watching the phenomenon live! P.S. Your sunglasses are sooo cool!!! M. ;-}

Posted by: Marialena at March 29,2006 16:18
Re: Partial Eclipse of the Sun

Yes, very nice sunglasses. Their value has gone down rapidly in the hours after the eclipse :-)

The sunglasses reminded me of "The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy", where they had special sunglasses that wen't darker the more dangerous your surroundings were, to help you not panic...

Posted by: betabug at March 30,2006 12:53
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