[Seth-Trips] Partial solar eclipse today

Praveen Sinha ampere at swcp.com
Mon Jun 10 18:38:46 PDT 2002

Mind-fucking-blowing!  This is really my first solar eclipse that I have
been concious for, and it was EERIE!  Walking outside was kind of like
having the grain of film of reality shift on you...   That combined with a
strange humidity and kind of a spooky silence in the neighborhood I work
in (no birds chirping, etc.) made hanging out outside feel like I was
walking in some sort of sidereal universe.

The people in my company dragged out UV-resistant glasses and mirror, so I
got a killer-rad view of like half the sun being blocked out. 

Weird!!!  So this is the only eclipse viewable in California for the next


On Mon, 10 Jun 2002, Seth David Schoen wrote:

> (not a trip, just an eclipse)
> ----- Forwarded message from Seth David Schoen <schoen at eff.org> -----
> Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2002 13:13:10 -0700
> From: Seth David Schoen <schoen at eff.org>
> Subject: Partial solar eclipse today
> There is a partial solar eclipse scheduled for today at 6:16p (local
> San Francisco time).  It should be an interesting thing to watch.
> I was a victim of an eye injury during the total solar eclipse of
> spring 1994 (because I stared at the eclipse).  It took me about six
> months to lose that afterimage.  So I wholeheartedly endorse the
> cautions about not staring at eclipses.  As a Yahoo article linked
> from slashdot today says:
> 	However, looking at the Sun is harmful to your eyes at
> 	anytime, partial eclipse or otherwise.
> 	Most people are under the mistaken impression that when a solar
> 	eclipse is in progress there is something especially insidious
> 	about the Sun's light. But the true danger that an eclipse poses
> 	is simply that it may induce people to stare at the Sun,
> 	something they wouldn't normally do.
> So you just need to remember that watching the Sun during an eclipse
> is neither more nor less dangerous than usual.  Sunglasses, welding
> glasses, or pinholes will help.  Limiting and breaking up your
> eclipse-viewing time, or watching a projection of the eclipse onto the
> ground (using a lens or pinhole) is a good idea too.
> One of the most impressive things about eclipses is that images of the
> Sun formed through pinholes will suddenly be crescent-shaped instead
> of circular.  This is a very bizarre effect which is easiest to see if
> you stand under a large, leafy tree, and watch the points of light
> amidst the shadows of the leaves.  Suddenly, instead of points of
> light, they should turn into crescents of light.  As an alternative,
> poke a large number of tiny holes in a piece of paper, hold it a short
> distance about the ground, and look at the shadow beneath.
> ----- End forwarded message -----
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