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The sun, the moon, and Michael Palin

So, I eclipsed today. Or I sort of did. Brilliant, clear skies at eight o'clock this morning, but by the time things got interesting, the clouds were out. And then they were gone half an hour after it was all over. I swear, my astronomical career will forever have a large "cloud" stamp pasted across it. *heavy sigh*

Still, here's a picture of most of an eclipse.

(You may have to take my word for it).

I assume that the sun did come back out again. It was there later anyway; or a sun is. I suppose it's always possible somebody stole it, and replaced it with a ringer while it was hidden. Has anyone checked?

By the way, for those who are in to such things, which is presumably most of Classic Whodom, the BBC is in the process of reviving The Clangers (also known as the Master's favourite TV show, to those of us who are too young to have seen it the first time around). They released a special eclipse episode today as a taster for the new series. It's one minute forty-five, and it's here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2015/clangers-eclipse. There's something a bit weird about Michael Palin being the cuddly, grandpa-type narrator! At some point when I wasn't looking, he's got a bit old. This will require some adjustment.

Anyway - Clangers! Notice they don't get any blasted clouds.

*grumble grumble*


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Mar. 20th, 2015 06:15 pm (UTC)
That is quite a good eclipse as far as eclipses went today. And certainly as far as they go most days. I didn't get to see a thing, it was very rubbish.

Clangers seems like a nice thing to give children for their memories, I regret missing them myself.
Mar. 20th, 2015 09:51 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear that. You're further north than me, too, so you should have been having more eclipse than I did. Is there somebody we can write to, maybe, and ask for a replay?
Mar. 21st, 2015 10:02 am (UTC)
I think you actually saw more of it than we did as I didn't have the glasses so couldn't look ...
Mar. 21st, 2015 11:07 am (UTC)
I didn't have glasses either. Once it's started, you're fine, so long as you don't stare. Using the screen of the camera helped too.

I don't think it was more than half an eclipse on the continent anyway, although I might be wrong. I know you had to be pretty far north to get the total one.
Mar. 21st, 2015 11:08 am (UTC)
Something like 75% here so it should've been more visible, I think. Oh well ...
Mar. 21st, 2015 10:34 am (UTC)
Ha, you did better than me. I forgot, idly wondered at the storm cloud that must have made things go so dark for a bit and just put the light on. /o\
Mar. 21st, 2015 11:08 am (UTC)

Ah well. There'll be another in 2090! Everybody seems to have been foiled by the clouds anyway. Britain was not built for astronomy! It's just as well Galileo was Italian, or goodness knows where we'd be now... ;)
Mar. 21st, 2015 11:41 am (UTC)
Well done for bit of eclipseness! Cloudly here. I did see the 1999 one, sort of, there was a lot of messing around with bits of paper and using 35mm camera film to look at the sun (poss not a good idea - proves it was a looooong time ago. Life before digital). Roll on 2026 and partial eclipse!
Mar. 21st, 2015 01:33 pm (UTC)
The 1999 one was good. The clouds actually co-operated. My sister and I made glasses out of sweet wrappers, iirc. Health and safety unapproved. :)

1999! How is that suddenly sixteen years ago?!
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