After the marathon, Rita and I went to lunch at my favorite restaurant, Winger's. Then we packed the kids into the car and headed to St. George for a relaxing evening in the warmth of Southern Utah. On Sunday afternoon we drove to Parowan Gap to watch the solar eclipse with the Ogden Astronomical Society. The event was a private gathering for the members of the society, so we expected about 10-20 people. To our amazement there were about 100 people there.
|Eclipse observers just outside the Parowan Gap|
|The Zipper Glyph|
After the lecture, we walked back to the car and got settled in to watch the eclipse. It wasn't a total eclipse, but rather an annular eclipse, which means the moon was directly in front of the sun but too small to block it out entirely. Instead, it formed a "ring of fire" by blocking out all but a thin ring of sunlight. Our observational equipment consisted of eclipse glasses and my telescope. It would be much too bright to look through the telescopes eyepiece, so we instead projected the image of the eclipse onto a piece of paper. This provided a surprisingly detailed view of the sun, along with a couple of prominent sun spots that just happened to be visible. A side benefit of this technique was that I was able to get good pictures of the event. Here you can see me looking at the eclipse when the sun was only about a fourth the way obscured.
|Brent checking out the partially-obscured sun|
Here are the eclipse glasses in action:
|Kenna, Alec, Rita, and Todd kick back and watch the eclipse|
|The Ring of Fire|