It was not quite how I planned it. Due to a ticket mixup I was stuck in Stavanger, Norway, the night before the eclipse. I took a morning flight instead. I arrived back in Trondheim at the airport at 10 am on 20.March, right when the solar eclipse started. I could never get home to get my good camera in time, so I decided to just stay where I was and see what I could see and what I could take a picture of with my phone.

On the roof of the parking garage at the airport I could look at the reflection of the sun off the back window of my car and watch the sun slowly turning into a sliver. I could see it well, but it was too much for my phone.

A big cloud rolled in, so I got in my car and left the airport, driving west towards a break in the clouds. It got darker and darker. I took a short video from the car window as I drove. A frame from the video caught the sunlight through a cloud, dim enough for my camera to resolve. (Look closely here and you can see the sliver of the sun at the top of the dark cloud below the big patch of brightness.)

I found an okay spot to stop. I punch a hole in a piece of paper and looked at the pinhole projection on another sheet I put under the rear wiper of my car. I lamented the fact that I would be unable to carry out my original plan: to find a place on campus where the sun would come through many holes, like through the leaves of a tree or one of the many wire meshes around my building. I thought many little holes would make a cool composite image. Then it occurred to me I could make my own right there. So I punched a bunch of holes, in the shape of the crescent I was seeing on the paper.

I couldn't punch the holes with the precision I would have liked to have had if I weren't standing in a parking lot holding a sheet of paper and a pencil with the minutes ticking away. I am however satisfied with my fractal eclipse:

It was not the total eclipse like they experienced a few hours north in Svalbard, and the clouds dampened the experience a bit. But all in all given the circumstances, I think it was pretty good solar eclipse experience!


flagamuffin:

I'm so annoyed. I'm so annoyed. Hang on a moment, I'll be back -- SAVE DRAFT!

So here's the thing. I was about 200km out of Reykjavik. I was promised 98% coverage. I specifically drove here (no sacrifice really) for a wonderful cloudless experience.

I took this picture about a minute before the moon was supposed to eclipse sun in fullest. I intended to make a triumphant, snotty, bitchy post about how none of you happened to be in the closest major population center in the world to totality, and I did.

Then something happened: namely, my eclipse was missing in action. That's about as dark as it got. In Iceland. A few hundred km from the totality path. What the fuck? I have a couple of other pictures in which you can see a big bright ball, then a ring of orange, and then light spreading out from the big bright ball. This is at :45.

Someone please explain this to me.


posted by mike: 1301 days ago