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Posted on 06/10/2021 4:22:24 PM PDT by MtnClimber
Explanation: Want to see a ring around the Sun? It's easy to do in daytime skies around the world. Created by randomly oriented ice crystals in thin high cirrus clouds, circular 22 degree halos are visible much more often than rainbows. This one was captured by smart phone photography on May 29 near Rome, Italy. Carefully blocking the Sun, for example with a finger tip, is usually all that it takes to reveal the common bright halo ring. The halo's characteristic angular radius is about equal to the span of your hand, thumb to little finger, at the end of your outstretched arm. Want to see a ring of fire eclipse? That's harder. The spectacular annular phase of today's (June 10) solar eclipse, known as a ring of fire, was briefly visible only when standing along the Moon's narrow shadow track that passes over parts of northern Canada, Greenland, the Arctic, and eastern Russia. The solar eclipse was partial though, when seen from broader regions, including northern Asia, Europe, and parts of the US.
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“Keep doing that, and you’ll go blind!” they said.
But I didn’t believe them.
Sorry, my computer sometimes freezes up and misses sections of what I am typing. I meant for it to say:
I don’t think that I will be doing this....referring to their image of looking at the sun and using a finger to block it.
I was afraid you meant that you wouldn’t be posting the Astronomy thread much longer.
A little off topic:
Back in the early 1970’s I was skydiving with 12 others in Germany; about 15 secs after exit we entered a cloud. It was beautiful! A circular rainbow (corona) surrounded us and we could see the vapors moving around our bodies as we flew thru the cloud. Suddenly there was the ground, with lots of altitude to spare.
We had a good formation then separated to open; all screaming at how beautiful it was! Still my most beautiful jump of all time. Hundreds of jumps for me, yet the only time I went through a cloud.
I only did it until I needed glasses...
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