Just TOOOO COOOOL!

There was a partial solar eclipse of the sun yesterday.

Spaceweather has a photo of the Space Station eclipsing the eclipsed sun!

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How often do you see a rising crescent sun?

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14 Responses to Just TOOOO COOOOL!

  1. RichR says:

    Way cool on the crescent sun! Looks Apocalyptic!

  2. ejcmartin says:

    Oh come on that is just a TIE fighter crossing a glowing Deathstar.

  3. Acolythus says:

    That’s no space station…that’s a TIE/ln Fighter!

  4. I’d like to see a total eclipse of the sun one of these days. When I was a kid, we had a partial eclipse back home. It was quite odd, because the light was dim, as though it were cloudy out; but everything cast sharp shadows, just as in full sunlight.

  5. susanna says:

    just too coool!! thanks

  6. Random Friar says:

    Man could not have Photoshopped a better image!

  7. CJC says:

    Fr. Z,
    I believe the correct way to say it is that the ISS transited the eclipsed Sun.

  8. Acolythus says:

    @ejcmartin: I guess you beat me to it! I hadn’t seen your comment when I posted.

  9. teomatteo says:

    Anita,
    Hang around till 2017 and you’ll see a total eclipse in the U.S. mainland. Standing in the shadow of the moon is ineffable.

  10. bookworm says:

    Anita,

    Actually you will have TWO shots at seeing a total solar eclipse on the U.S. mainland if you hang around for another 13 years…. there’s the one in 2017 and another in 2024. The totality paths of both cross in southern Illinois near Carbondale so the lucky blokes there get to see two eclipses in seven years.

  11. bookworm says:

    Here’s a map showing exactly where both totality paths cross:

    http://www.eclipse2017.org/2017/overlap.HTM

    It probably isn’t too early to start praying for good weather on both days :-) Nor would I be surprised to find that eclipse buffs have already started making reservations at local motels, B&Bs, etc.

  12. Mariana says:

    It had been snowing all night here in Finland, but miraculously it cleared in the morning, we had the first clear day for weeks yesterday, and I as able to see the eclipsed sun just after it had risen!

  13. irishgirl says:

    Wow-those pictures ARE tooo coool! Especially the one of the space station crossing in front of the sun!
    Yeah, it does look like the Alliance ships from ‘Star Wars’!
    The ‘crescent’ looks spooky!
    ‘Sun and moon, bless the Lord: praise and exalt Him above all forever’!

  14. cyejbv says:

    Anita Moore OPL says:
    4 January 2011 at 8:31 pm
    //…When I was a kid, we had a partial eclipse back home. It was quite odd, because the light was dim, as though it were cloudy out; but everything cast sharp shadows, just as in full sunlight.//

    I know exactly what you are talking about, though I don’t remember if the eclipse I experienced was partial or not. I grew up in the far northern sticks of Montana & I don’t know if the location played a part in it, but I recall thinking it looked like night time the way night time looks in those old TV shows from the ’70’s. If anyone knows what I’m talking about :)

    It is hard to explain! Not dark of the night dark, but like dark sunlight. Very cool.
    Alas, no star-ships. Dangit!