Friday, August 01, 2008

01/08/08 partial solar eclipse over Tianjin

Today, a total solar eclipse was visible for observers along a long, narrow region in the northern latitudes. A partial eclipse, however, was visible from a much larger area. [view affected areas]

Populations in the Greenland, the entire of Europe, most of the Middle East, the entire Indian subcontinent, most of Russia and China except for the eastern-most coasts could observe at least a partial blotting of the sun.

At Tianjin, the eclipse spectacle appeared to be a no-show due to cloud cover. However, just a few minutes prior to sunset the sun revealed itself from behind the clouds.

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The eclipse was not obvious due to the brightness of the sun; it would not be wise to stare at the sun with the naked eye. However, brief glances with a skimming motion could reveal that the light source was not symmetrical.

By using the lowest sensitivity setting on a camera and short exposure times, it was possible to verify that something had taken a bite out of the sun.

Solar Eclipse

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ISO 100, f/16 and various exposure times

As the earth continued to rotate, the sun hid behind more clouds, and the show was over.

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Anonymous claire said...

Really beautiful. Looking at all these nature photos realy reminds me how great is our creators:)

9:46 pm, August 01, 2008  
Anonymous KittyCat said...

Wow beautiful shots of the eclipse! Even nicer than the ones shown on CCTV9 :) Wish I had your talent...

8:45 pm, August 04, 2008  
Anonymous huiwen said...

wah! did u manage to do that?

11:41 pm, August 04, 2008  
Blogger sabrina said...

OMG!!!!! The 2nd picture is amazing!!!!! Amazing!!!!!

If you're ever single again (although i hope for your sake that never happens), all you would have to do is show this picture to girls! That would sooo get u lay-ed man!!!!!!

12:26 am, August 05, 2008  
Blogger Tan Yee Wei said...

Thanks, but really, these photos do no justice to the universe's complexity.

Thanks, but note:
1. Do not feed the animals, and
2. Do not stroke The Ego.


I didn't do much, the sun and moon were already there...

*raised eyebrow*
*perverse grin*
Thank you for the little tip.

Interesting food for thought. If that photo can get one laid by strangers, then it is only natural to ask what happens if one shows that photo to the girlfriend.

Since the girlfriend is closer than strangers, conceivably the outcome will be better than from strangers, ie. better than getting laid.

After i run this experiment, we will find out what is better than getting laid ;)

8:58 am, August 05, 2008  
Blogger jean` said...

HAHAHA OMG i just realised which sabrina you were referring to wtf.

and don't give that wtf look. You did not specify :P

8:11 am, August 12, 2008  
Blogger Tan Yee Wei said...

Hah, you think my aunt Sabrina will say such unconventional things?
Well she might la, but not to her nephews!

9:02 am, August 12, 2008  

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