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Thread #165504   Message #3972514
Posted By: Steve Shaw
20-Jan-19 - 08:38 PM
Thread Name: BS: science surprises
Subject: RE: BS: science surprises
I'm setting my alarm for about five in the morning.

We had a very good solar eclipse in March 2015. Most, but not all, of the sun was covered. I was in hospital at the time and I showed a load of nurses and doctors how to see it using a cheap pinhole camera (a pin and a piece of cardboard). I wowed the buggers! The best time was on Aug 11 1999. There was a total solar eclipse visible from Cornwall. We climbed Sharp Tor on Bodmin Moor, half an hour from our house, along with hundreds of others. Bude was no good as the eclipse was only 99% from there. The clouds came over but, at just after 11, they parted slightly and we got a great view of totality. We saw the diamond ring and the corona and it went eerily dark and chilly for two minutes. We could see the shadow rushing towards us, then rushing away again. Magic! We were just about the only people in the country to see it. The clouds stayed over everywhere else. I have an 8mm videotape of it somewhere.