The Solar Eclipse was an event that brought thousands of people together all across the lands, all races, and in a peaceful way. I was impressed by the cheers of the people on TV in America as the Solar Eclipse reached totality and the day turned into night.That did not happen here but it was still awe-inspiring as we witnessed up to approximately 70% of the eclipse.
Here in Edmonton I heard that telescopes would be set up at the Telus World of Science Centre, so that is where I headed.The parking lots were full and it took some time to just move through the congestion so I started to focus on just getting out of there. Someone left and suddenly there was an open spot to my right. I took it. Not having any glasses or camera filters, I thought it would be fun to take pictures of the crowds lined-up to the observatory and the people resting on the lawn with their glasses, squares of welders glass, or even pin-hole cameras made out of cardboard.
As luck would have it, in front of the observatory there were people on the lawn who were volunteers from the Royal Astronomical Society, with various telescopes for the public to look through, so I got in a much shorter line and looked through a telescope provided by a volunteer. I thought this was fantastic! I could see a very enlarged view of the sun with the sun spots and a darker area where the moon was passing over it.One of the volunteers gave me a free pair of glasses that afforded me my own personal view. It still made me nervous so I took many short looks at the image of the moon moving across the sun.
I ran into a friend, David, who took my photo a few times and I reciprocated.
Following are photos from the day. I am so glad that I came to this event and celebrated the solar eclipse with thousands of others.
The telescopes set up in the observatory, open to the public
me looking at the eclipse with my funky glasses
my friend David enjoying the view
Volunteers on the lawn with various telescopes. That’s the one I looked through
The line-up to the Observatory which is on the left.
The line-up went all the way around the block
The Telus Science Centre