2004 - Pictures from Madagascar
What the camera sees.........
I have seen the question raised many times on the internet as to
whether it is possible to view a partial eclipse at sunset or sunrise.
It can only be done safely
under very special circumstances when the cloud or atmosphere filters
the intense light from the sun thus enabling you to look briefly
without safety filters etc. This partial eclipse was totally invisible
to the naked eye. No one else around us realised what was going on. The
locals saw us with our eclipse shades and filters on the cameras and
scopes and giggled "eclipsos" at us. But they still could not see
anything. Because there was a massive language problem we had decided
not to try and explain what was going on. We just did not want to take
any chances on anyone having their eyes permanently damaged, so we kept
quite. I would have loved to share and explain the event to some of the
locals but without the neccessary language fluency and because there
were so many children around we just felt it was not worth the risk.
During the recent venus transit which I saw from Ireland (what no
cloud?) I happily let people look through the scope and the eclipse
shades after an introductory discussion on the finer points of keeping
your eyesight intact.
I really should learn some languages.
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