Hi Junko, Those pictures are awesome. I was at Mt. Shasta in Northern California in the umbral shadow with the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers club. The SFAA did a great job explaining the eclipse and other upcoming celestial events, such as the Transit of Venus, and then let us look through their telescopes (with appropriate filters, of course) during the eclipse. You could even see the sun spots. Next total solar eclipse over North America is Aug. 21, 2017. http://eclipse-maps.com/Eclipse-Maps/Welcome_files/TSE2017cover_1.jpg and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_eclipse_of_August_21,_2017
Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos!! Looks like the clouds gave you all some tense moments before revealing the beautiful "diamond ring". Good to see all those cheerful faces and the excitement! :)
Your photos triggered me to recall a funny but unusual incident when it happened in India. The time of the total eclipse was during an October (or November) afternoon. The sky was clear that day. During the eclipse for a few minutes it became very dark around as if it was going to be evening. Birds were also deceived by that and they were all returning back to the nest! :) That also gave en awful feeling as if something unusual is going to happen.
I hadn't realized this was happening today. I just happened to be reading this article at 6:30 which is the time of maximum coverage here in Oregon.
It's not total where I am, but through the clouds I could clearly see a crescent sun.
Sanjib, I did see the show! When I woke up this morning, it was cloudy and drizzling. Didn't have much hope but I went out there anyway. Waited for one hour in rain. When I was thinking about giving up, the solar eclipse did come through thick clouds! See the additional photos I took this morning in the slideshow on this story.
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