Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Total Solar Eclipse from Salem, Oregon

I knew viewing the total solar eclipse in Salem would be amazing. I had seen two solar eclipses before. A partial solar eclipse in Hong Kong in 2009 and an annular eclipse in 2012 in Northern California. But a total eclipse of the sun was even more incredible than I thought it would be.
 I photographed the solar eclipse in Salem, Oregon at the OSMI Solar Eclipse event at the amphitheater at the Oregon State Fairgrounds. Thousands of spectators joined in viewing the spectacle.
 Prepared to see the solar eclipse safely.
Some spectators were even over-cautious.
 As the event started, there were telescopes for viewers to also safely get a close look at the sun
Even seeing the sunspots on the surface.
As the totality got close spectators used a colander to see the eclipse of the sun.

And then everyone got in a comfortable position to see one of the most amazing sights you can ever see.

 A total eclipse of the Sun!!

 The sky went from a deep blue...

...to the almost entirely dark night sky.
 And the sight was fantastic.

It was absolutely incredible. My photos don't even do justice to the experience. If you ever get a chance to see a total eclipse DO IT!! You will not be disappointed!