Early morning on eclipse day August 21st 2017 finds me out scouting an area from which to photograph the solar eclipse.
Beautiful morning with clear skies as the photograph of my mobile silhouetted by the rising sun attests to, as the sun breaks the horizon at 6:30 am local.
Here in southern Alberta we will not see totality, but approximately 80% of totality, but still, the excitement builds as everyone appears to be aware of the solar eclipse happening later this morning, and preparing to observe the solar eclipse.
REMEMBER; you should NEVER look at a partial solar eclipse without proper eye protection, as this can cause eye damage or blindness.
So make sure your using a pair of solar eclipse glasses for looking at the solar eclipse.
Still the excitement is building as everyone across the US and Canada has acquired their solar viewing eclipse glasses to observe the solar eclipse which occurs when the disk of the moon appears to completely cover the disk of the sun in the sky, what will be seen by those fortunate enough to be under the path of totality.
Those fortunate enough to be under the path of totality will see the moon totally block out the sun. The fact that total solar eclipses occur at all is a quirk of cosmic geometry. The moon orbits an average of 239,000 miles (385,000 kilometers) from Earth, just the right distance to seem the same size in the sky as the much-larger sun.
Bottom line is, no matter where your located in the US and Canada where the solar eclipse is happening, have fun.
In southern AB, the time to be looking upward is between 11:30 this morning and 12:15.
Now where did I put the solar filter for my camera lens....
Click on the photo for a closer look.....
Later in the morning....The Dark Side.....