Here are two personal photos of a yard during the solar eclipse today in Arlington VA. It was 82% total. The sunlight took on a dusky quality, seeming a little more orange. It seemed a little alien.
Shortly after the sun returned in full, we had a brief heavy thunderstorm., with no wind. The rapid reheating of the atmosphere caused a thunderstorm cell to form.
1 – Dusky light
2 – You can see the crescents on the ground from the sunlight filtering through pinholes in the trees.
3 – PBS News Hour (4 hours)
4 Diamond Ring Effect
The total eclipse gives astronomers an unusual opportunity to study the Sun’s corona and prominences, with an eye to better understanding coronal mass ejections from solar storms that might do considerable damage to the US power grid, if an event the size of Carrington in 1857 were to happen again. We judged a bullet in July 2012.
Jack Andraka has a better picture of the ground crescents on Twitter, link.
If you damaged your eyes, you may not know until the next day (MSN today).
(Posted: Monday, Aug. 21, 2017 at 9:15 PM EDT)