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Partial solar eclipse

Wed Mar 29, 2006 1:56 am

Just a timely reminder for those of you who remember what the Sun looks like that there will be a partial eclipse of the Sun today. It begins at 9.45am & ends at 11.25am. These times are UT - so you will need to add an hour for BST. The eclipse will also be the main focus point on The Sky at Night programme next Sunday. The Sun will be about 20% covered as seen from the UK.

Wishing you all clear skies for the event. [:)]

RE: Partial solar eclipse

Wed Mar 29, 2006 10:16 am

Hi Andy

9.15 here in Nothumberland......clear sky (shhhh..) overnight frost and forecast good till mid afternoon, so I'm off to the astronomy club now.

Good luck and clear skies to the rest of you

Regards.....Tim

RE: Partial solar eclipse

Wed Mar 29, 2006 10:33 am

I saw the Sun a few minutes ago!! Not long enough to focus on it though ........... [:@]

RE: Partial solar eclipse

Wed Mar 29, 2006 10:50 am

Yippee I got focus!! This is going to be touch and go ...

RE: Partial solar eclipse

Wed Mar 29, 2006 11:06 am

HI Steve,
[:)]I'll tempt fate by saying thing are looking good here.

RE: Partial solar eclipse

Wed Mar 29, 2006 12:13 pm

Got it!

Image

RE: Partial solar eclipse

Wed Mar 29, 2006 12:13 pm

Great image Steve. Total cloud cover with a few small breaks in the clouds - alas none of which have passed by the Sun. [:(]

RE: Partial solar eclipse

Wed Mar 29, 2006 12:13 pm

Congrats Steve, excelent pic there mate!

Am stuck in work with a piece of card board with a pin hole! [:D]

RE: Partial solar eclipse

Wed Mar 29, 2006 12:30 pm

Hi guys,

The cloud cover here is awful, I just took 10 minutes off work and stood there with the shutter release in my hand waiting for a brightening and then pressed the switch. Not a prize winner and there was still cloud racing across it.

I really hope your conditions improve!

RE: Partial solar eclipse

Wed Mar 29, 2006 1:03 pm

Well done Steve - pretty much how I've been seeing it from Norwich. Put some Baader film over the bins. At 10.50am sky was brill blue and fantastic views at start of eclipse. Where the **** did that cloud appear from!! Am glimpsing partial views of partial eclipse via breaks in clouds as I guess the rest of you are.

Exciting stuff none-the-less.

What chances first light on the new scope tonight?!

Simon

PS - Andy, am I right in thinking that the times you gave are GMT whereas we have now sprung forward an hour? I noticed similar times given in other locations - is that the convention perhaps - ? S
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