Monday, August 21, 2017

Eclipse, the movie

I wore a head-mounted GoPro and rolled video from before the partial eclipse started until after the totality ended (about 85 minutes total). Having reviewed much of that footage, I've concluded that most of it really is not that interesting. The best part starts just before the total eclipse, when the sun has already dimmed enough that the park lights had gone on. Truth be told, even this dramatic reveal undersells by an order of magnitude the real experience. But you might still find this interesting, at least to hear the crowd reaction and to see the freaky 360° sunset effect.

If you have a bit more time (about 4-1/2 minutes versus about 3), you can watch a time lapse from a bit before the partial eclipse started until after the total eclipse ended.

And if you really have no time at all, here are 3 still frames from the GoPro video, starting with a nerd shot of me setting up the camera at about 9:00 a.m.

The boys checking out the partial eclipse just after it started, a bit after 9:05 a.m.

And the totality (edited slightly to restore the black moon that my GoPro sensor couldn't capture). At about 1 o'clock from the sun, near the leaves, you can see Venus. At the horizon, you can see the 360° sunset lighting. And on the buildings in the distance, you can that the nighttime sensors have triggered the outdoor lights.

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