The Solar Eclipse

14 Nov

We didn’t get the total solar eclipse that Cairns did, but we got a decent partial eclipse (roughly 80% coverage of the sun).

I was a little concerned that we wouldn’t be able to see the sun from our vantage point but was pleased to discover that it was at the perfect height.

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We used our nifty binocular trick again – using the binoculars to project an image of the sun onto cardboard.  (The cardboard on the binoculars is just to create a shadowed surface to project the image onto).

(Our binoculars have been a great homeschool investment.  We’ve used them for all sorts of things.)

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You can see the progression of the eclipse through this following series of photos – from just prior to the peak moment to just after.  Notice how the shadow just ‘rolls’ over the sun’s image.  Pretty cool.

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Ethan’s yawn expressed the sentiments of the morning.  Why do these important celestial events have to happen so early in the morning?!  Could we book it in for after 10am next time please.  🙂  Us homeschoolers like to sleep in.  (It was 6.30-7am in case you were wondering.  Way too early).

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We felt pity for the neighbours who were all busy rushing around preparing their children for school.  I wanted to dash over and invite them to share just two minutes of awe with us, but the yells of, “Hurry up and eat your breakfast or we’ll be late for school again” kept me on my own side of the fence.

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Reason – one hundred and one – for homeschooling:

Time to stop and appreciate God’s wonderful creation…and time to go back to bed before heading off to Movieworld for the day.










Posted by on November 14, 2012 in Science


2 responses to “The Solar Eclipse

  1. Amy

    November 15, 2012 at 6:36 am

    My dh rang home at 6:30am – I was grumbling to myself as I slept-walked to the phone that he had better have a good reason for calling so early. He just wanted to let us know about the eclips – what a good homeschooling Dad he is! 🙂 We managed to catch a glimpse, and watched the live stream on the internet.

  2. JoAnn

    November 16, 2012 at 5:40 am

    That looks like so much fun. So glad you could enjoy that time, even though it was quite early. 🙂


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