|Having path of totality cross the campus ensures having a great summer! Climbing tower loomed over volunteer campsite|
|H-alpha could see through clouds but would corona shine through?|
|Shot through iPhone good enough to show facula and prominences|
|The Sun showed another one of its tricks before sunset on Sunday|
|Me and Rich and the odd annular eclipse graphic on Lowell booth|
In between "shows" I would put one or two of the 2 kg masses on the spacetime simulator and let children play with the marbles. That proved to be very popular. Some of them could barely see over the edge but they were fascinated by watching the motion of the marbles. The parents took non-stop pictures. Many people recognized the spacetime simulator from the viral video but they did not recognize me. I told them I was the one in the video and a few people took selfies with me and one even asked for my autograph.
|Water refracts light around the edge of the bucket, toward eyes of the observers|
|Refracted image of the sun was enough to start the cheeping of the osprey chicks|
|Rich Krueger's students show gravity bending light|
If you are interested in trying the bucket demo I suggest using metal buckets and paint them flat black inside and out so the entire bucket doesn't glow from the light. That will make the desired effect more apparent. Instead of a washer, epoxy a magnet to the light to attach it to the bottom of the bucket. I am sure Paul would have liked this one, I hope you and your students do too.
|Rich Keuger takes the audience on a tour of the Universe|
|LGHS AP Physics and APES teachers prepare for totality|
|LGHS Teacher with Sun Funnel on 8/21, by R. Peters|
|My only good total eclipse picture was still very satisfying|
|I felt dorky taking a selfie with the eclipsed Sun and the picture captured the feeling|
Totality starts about 1 min in, focus goes out of whack later but the sound is good!
GoPro of totality with Rush soundtrack. Look for eclipse chasing plane toward lower right.
|Sister Colleen, me, and wife Gia, photo by Science Channel|
I have been looking forward to the 2017 Great American Eclipse for about two decades. Now that it is over I feel a little letdown. The surest cure for post-totality blues is to start planning the next trip to the Moon's umbra. You will probably find me on a cruise ship off the west coast of Mexico in 2024. The 2028 total eclipse in Australia looks good too, I better take care of myself! Although seeing a total eclipse of the Sun is an incredible experience, there are other spectacles of nature that are equally beautiful and inspiring. Seeing an erupting volcano or an aurora come to mind. Perhaps these don't get the same attention because theoretically you can go and see them almost anytime you want, if you can afford it. There seems to be a premium for natural phenomena that are rare. I wonder how people in the future will think of total eclipses when they can board a rocket and travel to the Moon's umbra anytime they want for as long as they want. I believe one of the greatest natural displays, sunsets, are underappreciated because they are ubiquitous. I am glad we don't have to wait years to see one. Usually, all you have to do is take a walk outside and look up.
|Sunset, August 20, 2017. If this was rare, I would have a t-shirt saying "I Saw the Great American Sunset in Madras, 2017"|