The shadow knows


Yesterday, was kind of a blah day around here. Cloudy, cold, windy, and nowhere near as exciting as in Chile and Argentina where they experienced the only total solar eclipse of 2020.

Only total solar eclipse of 2020 thrills spectators in South America

In 2020, that seems so strange but we’re all locked up so wouldn’t see it anyway. <grin> It seems even stranger that there was only one.

It was exciting if you were there, judging from the reaction and reports that you’ll read in the article above. I have a new word that I need to test out with my friend Michelle – obscura – if and when we get together again. Translated from Spanish, it didn’t mean what I thought it might.

It’s not like the concept of an eclipse is foreign to me. I’ve experienced a few, certainly more lunar than solar.

I do recall a solar eclipse that happened when I was in elementary school. It was a big event and one of those deals where every teacher in the school addressed it. It probably was some directive from the board office or the principal.

“Every student needed to be aware of the danger of looking directly at the eclipse.”

My memory

I remember the visuals. Two bristol board balls taped to a stick and the teacher moving one in front of the other to demonstrate what was going to happen. Then, the same thing repeated in front of a light to reinforce the concept and maybe introduce us to the danger of looking directly at it.

I know that it scared the heck out of me at the time but I suspect that I at least peaked. I didn’t go blind but I do wear glasses!

If it hasn’t passed through your news feed, just do a search for “Solar Eclipse 2020” and you’ll have enough imagery and descriptions in there to satisfy your curiosity. As a Program Department friend would often say “There’s a workshop in there somewhere.”

One of the movies really leaped out at me.

So much of the imagery you’ll find is of the sun and the moon looking up (out?) from earth.

But, I thought that this one was particularly noteworthy. It’s looking down at South American showing the moon’s shadow as it moves across. Of course, I knew that it would happen, but it’s spectacular to actually see it.

One of the advantages of blogging is to be able to write about things like this that capture the imagination and have it tucked away in case I ever need it again.

It’s also yet another reminder of how technology makes things so available. My teachers at the time certainly didn’t have access to YouTube – or computers or internet for that matter.

A Big Thank You…


…needs to be given to those folks with cameras and the desire to document the lunar eclipse yesterday.  I, on the other hand, mostly slept through it.  I know that friends of mine and folks around the world took the opportunity to take their cameras out and do it.  I found out that friends from Chatham grabbed a coffee and headed away from the city for a drive to witness the event.  The nice thing about people that take great pictures is that they have this overwhelming desire to share them!

In case you missed it, this was an opportunity for the sun and earth to “photoshop” the moon.

photoshop 206 up, 33 down

Something used to make ugly people average looking.

Girl: like omg i jus photoshop’d my acne covered, ranomd strangers online will think i’m pretty!

Yes, I’m quoting from the Urban Dictionary.

I did find a number of bookmarkable resources to tuck away to celebrate the event.  One of the nicer collections came from Universe Today where they amassed images of the eclipse from around the world.    The collection, and accompanying descriptions, document the event worldwide from Florida to the United Kingdom to Australia.  In the collection, you can see the slicing and colouring that were applied using the moon as a canvas.

But, you don’t have to go world-wide to great great pictures.  Now, I must confess that while I didn’t set the alarm clock, my internal clock did have me wake up in the middle of the night where I took a peek out the window.  At the time, it was a very cloudy night and I didn’t bother even looking for my camera.

My friend, @windsordi did though.  Now, she lives about 45 minutes north of me and somehow managed to get some great shots that she shared with the world and contributed to a number of photo groups.  The photo is a wonderful collage of images.


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The image was so well done that it was the lead picture on Windsoritedotca.  Congratulations, Diane.

An explanation about lunar eclipses can be found here.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to document and share this solstice, eclipsing event.  This end consumer really appreciated it.

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