Peering into the sun
Friday I came across an article about today's solar eclipse. How awesome is that, a solar eclipse? I've never seen one. Then in a panic I realized it was too late to order viewing glasses through Amazon. It wasn't until yesterday afternoon that I had a chance to search around for where I could buy some locally. After reading about how they were selling out in the LA area I rushed over to the gift shop at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa park. There were a only couple of people in the store and I casually walked to the register and asked for six pairs. They had a huge stack next to the register and more boxes in the back and I felt ridiculous for worrying....
People had many creative ways of viewing the eclipse without them...
These guys built some crazy box contraptions.
I think the boxes worked pretty well.
Other people used pinhole paper and a separate piece to project on (this was working the photo just doesn't show it. There's a tiny image that was blurred out.)
Other folks just desperately waved their hands in front of this wall (I don't know if this worked but it was very amusing to watch!).
This man from the museum came out and set up this incredible projection. He was quickly crowded around and seemed to have a lot to say, but from where I stood it was hard to hear him.
I did manage to take this picture of the partial eclipse through the glasses. It looked so amazing in person! It was only a complete eclipse for those north of us.
Like everything in San Diego it was an event. The kids got balloons and as the crescent sun started to slip behind a distant palm tree, a man in a suit offered me $20 for my glasses. Ummm... YEAH! It was time to go, anyway. Naomi sold hers for $2 as we left and Chloe and Mike gave theirs away. Only Phoebe hung on to hers and gave us constant updates on the state of the eclipse as we drove home for dinner.