Solar Eclipse of May 2012: Photo Gallery
A total solar eclipse is an extremely rare event. It occurs when the course of the moon passes between the Earth and the Sun. If you're in the right place at the right time, you can witness the moon passing in front of the sun, blocking the light. For a moment the sun's light is dim, as if it's twilight in the middle of the day.
That's why I scrambled into action the moment I found out the eclipse could be seen from my location near Sacramento, California. Unfortunately, it was only a partial eclipse from where I stood, but it was good enough for me!
I didn't have enough time to properly prepare. Instead of getting some welding glasses, I layered on a few pairs of regular sunglasses and topped them off with a roll of film. I'm sure this wasn't entirely safe, but I made do with what I had.
I captured these photos with a Kodak Playfull HD camera. I put a roll of old fashioned film in front of the lense to filter out some of the light, so the image of the sun actually appears.
Here are the photos I came up with. Even though they're a little pixelated, you can still make out the presence of the moon in front of the sun. They're in chronological order, and I was standing in exactly the same place each time.
I put a dark tint on the background so there is a bigger contrast between the image of the sun and the background. Even though it was only a partial eclipse from where I am, it was still an amazing sight to see!