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Solar Eclipse

What a great day for the eclipse. The official visitor count was set at 670, but I think we may have missed a few!

 

 

 

 

 

All ages attended and it was especially pleasing to see families sitting around some of the safe solar viewers,
watching, talking and learning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to everyone who came out for this event, and don’t forget the next meeting of the Astronomy
Club will take place at the Arts Centre in Sechelt at 7:30 pm on Sept 8th. Our speaker will be
Christa Van Laerhoven who will be talking about Planetary Science. all are welcome.

(Eclipse image Dan Sklazeski)

Sunspot Group AR2671

A remarkably-long sunspot group is sprawling across the solar disk. AR2671 stretches 140,000 miles from end to end, almost twice as wide as the planet Jupiter.

I imaged it today from Roberts Creek – I didn’t want to miss such an impressive group inĀ  a period of solar minimum!

Tomorrow we have the partial eclipse here on the coast and this sunspot group should still be visible as the moon moves across the solar disc. Check it out.

Total Solar Eclipse: Oregon, 21 August 2017

oct 23 eclipse by ed hanlon 2

Picture of a solar eclipse by member Ed Hanlon

My wife’s cousin Ron is an engineer lives in Beaverton, a suburb of Portland, Oregon, and has invited me and friends to his place to view the total solar eclipse on 21 August, 2017. This is the first total lunar eclipse visible from the U.S. in over 38 years: The last one passed through the Pacific Northwest in 1979. Bruce Woodburn and I are planning to drive down to view this from Ron’s part of the world. Any other members who are interested in being part of this should contact me.

Clear Skies, Charles Ennis, President