Saturday, 16 January 2010

The Solar Eclipse


Yesterday, January 15, 2010 was the day of an extremely rare celestial event: A solar eclipse. Yesterday's solar eclipse was special because it is one of the longest ever recorded last for around 11 minutes. It was also an annular solar eclipse, meaning that the sun would not be completely covered during the peak of the eclipse. A ring of light would have been visible. 

Where I am staying the solar eclipse was only partial, with less that 40 % of the sun being blocked but I still managed to observe it happen. I projected an image of the sun on a white paper using a a pair of binoculars and watched as the moon slowly covered the sun and then moved away. Even though the eclipse was only partial it was still an amazing experience. It was the first time I had ever observed a solar eclipse. I even took a few photographs of the eclipse. I will try to upload them soon.

Saturday, 2 January 2010

“The monotony of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.”

—Albert Einstein --- From Civilization and Science, October 3, 1933. Quoted in The Times (London), October 4, 1933.