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October 23’s Solar Eclipse in North America

That’s not the moon, it’s the sun at around 5:30 PM local time!

In case you missed it, the other day, there was a solar eclipse. You probably didn’t even notice since it was not noticeable without a filter. It was not a total eclipse where it gets dark and the stars come out, but visible enough with the right filter that you could see the moon’s shadow traversing across the sun right before sunset. As a bonus, visible on the top picture, is a giant sunspots in the middle if the sun. It’s the largest in two decades and is putting out quite the disruption in solar flares right now.

IMG_3359It’s been a couple years since 2012 when North America had the opportunity to see an annular solar eclipse (sun forms a ring around the moon in appearance). The next solar eclipse in North America isn’t due till August 21, 2017. It will be a total solar eclipse, so until then, enjoy!

Always be careful when viewing the sun and use a proper #14 welding filter so that you are never looking directly at it.

Comet PanSTARRS

I interrupt my cruise daily blogging for a quick post on a once in a lifetime opportunity. There’s a comet out right now, Comet PanSTARRS, that’s visible just after sunset (about 40 minutes after when it becomes dark enough). You may need binoculars, but if you have a clear view of the horizon and are in the northern hemisphere, now’s an excellent opportunity to see this extraterrestrial visitor! It won’t be around for another 100 million years or so, so this is your chance. You can use this Space article to help you find it.

I was able to snap these few pictures from a local park in the city. All photos were taken at 200mm with an EF 70-200mm F/2.8L IS mounted on a Canon 5D Mark III.

Comet PanSTARRS
Comet PanSTARRS
Comet PanSTARRS
Comet PanSTARRS
Pleiades star cluster -
Pleiades star cluster – “The Seven Sisters” with a shooting star!
Orion constellation and nebula
Orion constellation and nebula