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Partial solar eclipse at work

There was a solar eclipse visible from Europe today, and while it was a total eclipse on the Faroe Islands and the Svalbard, it was a partial eclipse here in Leuven. At maximum, more than 80% of the Sun’s disk was covered by the Moon, and thanks to the beautiful weather (a.k.a. massive fog and low clouds), I managed to take a few pictures even without a filter. I was too lazy to put on a bigger lens, so I went for a more interesting composition with a normal lens instead of a huge crescent filling half the frame with a tele.


The next noteworthy (so not some puny, tiny thing) solar eclipse near us will be in 2026, when if we travel to Spain, we can witness a total eclipse right before sunset! (We should definitely start booking this holiday around 2023, if not earlier.) Until then, nothing interesting on the Old Continent… Only a bunch of lunar eclipses.

First images from NASA SDO

Sorry for no posts recently, but I have a lot of things to do, so I am usually to tired to write anything (though I have some topics I would like to talk about). So for now, please check out the first images and movies from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory.


(This mission was the topic of my Ad Valvas seminar at the Institute in March just before I left to La Palma for two weeks.) Click on the image for the SDO First Light Gallery @ Goddard Space Flight Center’s Scientific Visualization Studio.