Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Some Surprising Photos of the Solar Eclipse

Hey everyone! I hope you've all been having a nice winter/early spring. I'm popping in to write a short blog post and share some photos of last Monday's solar eclipse. I was careful not to look directly at the eclipse and more or less tilted my camera up toward it. From what I read, the older (non-phone) cameras would be OK if you were quick about it.

So here are a few photos showing what the sky looked like as it changed. I stood out there about 15 minutes before the full eclipse (or partial where I was in Wisconsin). What I mean is, I stood outside 15 minutes before it was going to be as full as it was going to get. 

Getting darker....

I think I can see the curve of something different at the top of the sun:

I see some interesting pieces of colored light here. I'd like someone to explain to me what was going on with those, especially the green shape.

When the eclipse did arrive here (at 2:08:10 pm from what I read online) I felt physically more cold and a dark purplish-blue cast of shadow went over everything. It didn't feel like day or night or any other time we're used to. It actually felt like time was in a holding pattern. I'm trying to think of how to describe how I felt during the eclipse. I didn't feel in the present moment. It was like the past and future were happening at the same time for a few seconds. 

This photo is the same as the one I started with. I feel emotionally moved looking at it for some reason. And how about the perfect square of light that is formed around the eclipse? It looks like someone drew purplish-pink circles in a square formation.

And boy, did I feel dizzy throughout the day! Did anyone else feel physically weird on Monday?

Aside from the physical symptoms, experiencing the eclipse was not something I wanted to miss. And we've had some nice, warm weather lately. So it was very comfortable to be standing around. I'd be curious to know what time of day you guys saw the eclipse and how full of an eclipse you saw where you were. I know some people traveled to the states where they could see the full effect. And I'd of course be interested to see any photos you may have taken. So far, every person's photo I've seen looked different.


  1. It was amazing, wasn't it. We couldn't see it here in England, but watched it live via The Virtual Telescope Project on YouTube. Quite a sight!

    1. Alison ~ It sure was! One great part of modern technology is that we can view moments like this online even if it isn't possible in person. I'm not familiar with The Virtual Telescope Project. That sounds worth looking into!