Eclipse Hunting For Star-gazing Dreamers

Eclipse Hunting For Star-gazing Dreamers

A solar eclipse is an awe-inspiring phenomenon that visits earth only once every couple of years or even decades. Ever since ancient times, humans have been fascinated, fearful and reverent of eclipses.

Myth and the Solar Eclipse

Ancient Greeks, Mesopotamians and Egyptians were the first to record solar eclipses. In 585 BC, Herodotus wrote ‘Day was suddenly changed into night’. In Ancient China, eclipses were heavenly signs to foretell the future of the emperor and state. To the ancient Chinese, an eclipse was a battle between a celestial dragon who attacked either the moon or the sun.

Eclipse Hunting For Star-gazing Dreamers

Modern science may have put to bed most of these ancient myths and legends. But people’s fascination with eclipses will never fade. Many people are fooled into thinking that a partially concealed sun isn’t dangerous at all, nothing could be more wrong.

Eclipse Hunting For Star-gazing Dreamers

The sun’s photosphere emits intense infra-red and ultraviolet (UV) radiation. In the same way as the sun’s rays cause sun burn, the sun will damage the retina of the eyes. This happens much faster than it takes for skin to burn. The sun can cause irreversible damage to the eyes after only a few seconds. So it’s recommended to take these precautions.

Eclipse Hunting For Star-gazing Dreamers

What to Use

Eclipse Glasses: Available for Observatories and online from binocular and telescope specialists

Home Made Projector: This can be created by pointing a pair of binoculars at the sun and projecting the image onto a wall or a white piece of paper. Don’t at any stage look into the binoculars.

Eclipse Hunting For Star-gazing Dreamers

 

  • Welding Glasses rated 14 or higher: Less safe but still effective is a piece of welders glass rated 14 or higher.
  • Aluminised Mylar Sheeting: The residue of aluminium residue blocks most of the harmful infra-red and UV light rays. Make sure that this is the actual material you’re using and not something else. However don’t use it to filter binoculars, a telescope or other lens-based or mirrored devices.

 

Eclipse Hunting For Star-gazing Dreamers

What Not To Do

  • Look directly at the sun.
  • View the sun through a piece of smoked glass, a polar windscreen or polarised sunglasses.

Eclipse Hunting For Star-gazing Dreamers

 

Look through binoculars, a telescope or any other lens-based mechanism at the sun.

  • Use photographic film or a medical X-ray to stare at an eclipse. While some emulsions when developed and exposed are effective filters; many aren’t, it’s difficult to know if the film stock will be safe to use.Read more:

Eclipse Safety Tips

Have you ever seen an eclipse, if so what did you think?

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9 Comments

  1. Very informative post. Such a fascinating phenomena. I remember the first total eclipse I experienced, as a child. I couldn’t figure out if it was the same or the next day, after the sun was visible once again. Strange feeling but it was beautiful! πŸ™‚

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  2. i’ve only ever seen a partial eclipse, but i understand that they make animals and birds freak out, being sensitive to these things, i certainly feel the effects, strange times πŸ˜‰

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    1. Me too Niki, I am sensitive as well when it comes to the moon. How does it affect you? I get really jumpy and restless and then I can’t sleep. It is strange how this happens, the moon is powerful! πŸ˜‰

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      1. πŸ™‚ she certainly is πŸ˜‰ same, same… and the dreaming changes, mostly I stay home alone to balance my energies. I know that the police force puts more officers on the streets during a full moon and ‘lunar’ explains the ‘lunatics’, ‘she’ pulls the tides, those great expanses of water that separate & joins us πŸ˜‰ the same H2O that fills our own skins and some people look at me as if i am an alien when i talk about these things πŸ˜‰ xx

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      2. I know what you mean Niki, some people are more in tune with the natural world I think it will be these people who end up changing the world for the better because they care about the elements, the animals and nature. They are more likely to protect it ❀

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