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21 2009

Solar eclipse preparations

Standby and counting … less than 10 hours to the eclipse.

For the benefit of my fellow sky-watchers who have scooted all the way to Shanghai for this once-in-a-lifetime phenomena (a total solar eclipse that lasts almost 6 minutes during totality is definitely a big deal!), here are some timings to take note of:

First contact: 08:23 (Start of eclipse)
Second contact: 09:36 (Beginning of totality)
Third contact: 09:42 (End of totality)
Fourth contact: 11:01 (End of eclipse)

All timings stated are Shanghai local time (GMT +8).

I’ve finally gotten the chance to test out the makeshift solar filter (made from filter film) on my DSLR yesterday evening when the sun peeked out from the (rather overcast) sky.

Pointed the camera directly at the sun and obtained the following result. (Warning: Do not try this at home unless you have a solar filter or filter film safely protecting your lens! You do not want to risk damaging your camera and your eyes.)

The sun!
The sun through my filter and lens.

Awesome possums!

I am presently in the midst of packing a duffel bag for tomorrow’s road trip. Will be heading further south from the city to catch the eclipse as meteorologists had forecasted bad weather in Shanghai tomorrow morning. I believe more than half of the eclipse-watchers here will be doing the same thing and thus we’d be setting off early … at 5.30 A.M.

The sky is still pretty overcast right now and it rained quite a few times today. It’s quite depressing really, although I am keeping my fingers crossed for clear weather during the eclipse.

Meanwhile, packing awaits!

Excitement is mounting. Oh, woweeeeeeeee!

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  • 22 Jul 2009
    3:31 AM


    Great photo! Eek, traffic jam alert. Here’s hoping you get there ok :)

  • 22 Jul 2009
    8:54 AM


    you poor thing… woke up early in the hopes of seeing the eclipse, but the sky is EVENLY covered with grey clouds and it’s raining. perhaps you’ll get to see some of it during the next hr or so ya?

  • 22 Jul 2009
    2:52 PM


    That looks very nice. Have fun and post more photos :D

    It sounds so weird hearing that Facebook is blocked in China… I thought that only happened in Muslim countries, where they were afraid of women’s empancipation. :o

  • 22 Jul 2009
    2:52 PM


    cough emancipation, sorry :P

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