A little surprise
So today I was looking at my pictures from the eclipse. It brought back lots of feelings of wonder. One of the things I was curious about was other planets. I saw Venus off to the side at quite some distance, but was curious about what I was seeing closer to the sun. I simply wasn’t sure during the eclipse and focused more on the wonder of the moment and the sun/moon combination (and worry about my eyes).
I Googled other planets today and saw that many were hoping to see Mars or Mercury close to the sun but didn’t, so here are my pictures during the eclipse. I checked my camera record and it turns out that these pictures are from around 12:55 to 12:57 - a minute before the total eclipse. It may well be a reflection, but there sure seems to be a celestial body moving from left to right relative to the center. Anyway, if it's a planet, I don't think it was moving at that speed. I suspect that the light from the eclipse was shifting, which re-centered the image of the sun on my screen. But no matter how you slice it, something is moving in the picture. Maybe some astrophysicist will see this and can explain it (if it's just a reflection of the eclipse itself, sorry I got too excited, but even that is a little interesting).
The main thing was it was so fun. So full of mystery, beauty and surprises. It totally left me feeling that we’re part of something incredibly special in being alive on Earth and getting to be part of this celestial dance. I experienced a rebirth of appreciation for the whole thing, for life itself and for people to enjoy it with. I hope these pictures and blogs help you feel that too.
As always, thanks for journeying together!
8/23/2017 01:48:29 pm
Wow, Scott! Absolutely definitely spectacularly awesome!! You must find out what's going on and report back to us. Absent a credible (as opposed to fake) scientific explanation, I propose we designate it the Transit of Daniels (he being the guy who discovered a mysterious heavenly body in transit).
8/23/2017 02:12:16 pm
I like that - "Transit of Daniels." May it help transit anyone who looks to a deeper sense of wonder. Whatever was going on was cool. Thanks Steve!
8/23/2017 09:56:45 pm
I looked up the time of the pictures on my camera. These three were actually taken in the minute before totality. It could be a reflection. I don't know. I've sent them to a friend who's into astronomy and a distant cousin who's an astronomer. I'll let you know what they say. No matter what, it's a fun mystery! Thanks!
7/29/2020 01:20:28 pm
It's almost surely a reflection, when you really think about it. The image is moving and changing a bit because of the movement of the Moon in front of the Sun. It's like a little parallel perspective created by a reflection in the lens. But it sure looks cool!
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