We arrived just in time to catch this morning’s partial solar eclipse. Confused by the time change, we couldn’t remember if it was happening at 6:30 “old time” or “new time.”
We jumped in the car and headed to our favorite spot, with a clear, ocean view to the sunrise. Even though the hour was early, families were already in place for the show.
Since it would only be visible for 30 minutes, we hoped the ever-present morning cloud bank would cooperate. We were in luck.
When the first rays began to appear, a cheer went up from the children in the crowd.
Then it was just magic. Enjoy!
According to USA Today, this was a rare “hybrid” eclipse – some parts of the Earth saw an “annular” eclipse (where the moon does not completely block out the sun), while other parts saw a “total” eclipse, when the moon completely covers the sun.
Along with parts of Europe and Africa, we saw the “annular” part of the eclipse: The sun appeared to have a bite taken out of the lower left quadrant.
This was the Earth’s final solar eclipse of the year. The next chance to see a total solar eclipse in the U.S. will be Aug. 21, 2017. Who knows where we’ll be then!
Terri & James