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Solar Eclipse 2012

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Now this is cool stuff! My awesome step-mom (thanks, Marilyn!) emailed me this afternoon to let me know that there was a solar eclipse today. We don’t watch the news, so I had absolutely no idea such a huge event was happening in our skies. Luckily I’m an internet addict and caught the email early enough to put together our little solar camera so we could get a view of it without burning our eyeballs out of our sockets, lol!

We got 2 pieces of poster board, poked a hole with a pin in one of them, and then used the other to view the shadow created by holding the poster with the pinhole up so the sun could shine through it. The result was the shadow of the sun, and the image of the eclipse, shining through. This was the first solar ring eclipse visible in 18 years, and the next one won’t occur for us until August 21, 2017.

Jackson wanted to see the eclipse on his hand!

There is another huge event in the sky coming up in two weeks, which is when the shadow of Venus will pass over the sun, which won’t happen again until 2117. We are pretty excited about that one, too!

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  1. Becki: “That big ball of brightness is burning my retnas!” Oh the memories! Miss you Becki!

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  2. I can not tell you how EXCITED we are about the celestial events! we are currently doing the Apologia unit on Astronomy, so all this activity has fit right in with our studies!

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