I know that these posts are not in real time, but that’s what we’re working with, people.
October 14th was supposed to be Partial Eclipse Day. I was excited because it coincided with The Conference, but then I realized that the eclipse would be over before the main part of Saturday’s activities began. As it turned out, it was cloudy here anyway and nobody saw anything. (In fact, Lloyd and I were chopping down that tree when it happened.)
Prior to my extreme disappointment, I had heard that you can use a disco ball as a pinhole camera – actually, as several pinhole cameras. The image that is projected beyond 6 feet isn’t just a shiny square: it’s the image of the sun! I was so excited, and I knew of a store that sold cheap disco balls. (It’s called Five Below, and I’m sure they still have them. They are not eclipse-specific.)
I took one around campus the weekend before and tested all the places that might work. I even took one home and played with it there. It’s so fun.
Up close, tiny squares.
Far away? Sol! Actually, sols!
Again, though, it was a bust.
On a walk later in the week, though? I saw a much better eclipse: