Partial Solar Eclipse - May 20, 2012
Sunset Park, Rock Island, Illinois
David Renneke, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Augustana College

These pictures were taken with a Kodak Z990 camera. The lens was covered with 1/2 of a pair of inexpensive Eclipse Shades that are designed for direct eclipse viewing.  The camera was zoomed in to 30x, set for automatic exposure and the default 12 megapixels.

Five years from now on Monday, August 21, 2017, there will be a total eclipse of the Sun.  The path of totality will stretch from Oregon to South Carolina and be visible in the middle of the day.  The length of totality at each point on the Earth along the path of totality will be 2 minutes 40 seconds.  The width of the path will be 115 km (71.5 miles).  Everyone in North America outside of this path will see a partial solar eclipse.

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This 6 minute gap was spent talking to people at the gazebo and handing out Eclipse Shades for them to view the eclipse directly.  A few people held the shades in front of their cell phone to take their own pictures.


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