July 22, 2009

Total Solar Eclipse

The picture is not an underexposed image. This is an actual photo during the totality of the July 22 total solar eclipse. The UP Astronomical Society sent a team to China to obeserve the event, and the orbservation was held on the coastal district of Jinshanwei, about 100 km from Shanghai.

The weather was fickle during the event, with storm clouds covering the sky two minutes before the totality. I was doing multiple exposures but grabbed my camera when totality set in to take pics of the scene.

Aside from the darkness there was a noticeable drop in temperature as the sun was covered by the moon. The totality occured 9:43 local time, and it lasted for 5'58".

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