ART of Eclipses and other Cosmic alignments!

The biggest show of all is in the skies above and the Universe all around us.

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Slightly obscured by clouds, the mid day Sun with spots is lined up to be eclipsed on 8/21/2017!

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The Cosmos is always moving, sometimes creating interesting alignments!

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It’s only due to a fortuitous cosmic coincidence that our Sun and the Moon appear about the same size to us on Earth – that’s what makes total eclipses possible!

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Why do the Sun and the Moon appear to be the same size in the sky?

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“The Prophet came down from the mountain and told me to get sunglasses.”
Safely observing the solar eclipse!

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CAUTION:

NEVER look at the Sun without approved SAFETY GLASSES!

NEVER photograph the Sun without a Solar SAFETY filter!!

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A solar safety filter installed for eclipse and solar photography.

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Oh no, the moon is eating into the Sun! View through solar safety filter shown above.

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A total eclipse of the Sun is one of the most dramatic events one can witness on Earth!

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SDO Views 2017 Solar Eclipse

SDO Views 2017 Solar Eclipse in 171 angstrom extreme ultraviolet light.
Credit: NASA/SDO

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Studying the Sun’s Atmosphere with the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017

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SDO Views 2017 Solar Eclipse

SDO Views 2017 Solar Eclipse in 304 angstrom extreme ultraviolet light.
Credit: NASA/SDO

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Two Weeks in the Life of a Sunspot

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Sun; Transit; Wyoming; International Space Station (ISS); NASA / Joel Kowsky

This composite image, made from seven frames, shows the International Space Station, with a crew of six on board, as it transits the Sun at roughly five miles per second during a partial solar eclipse, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017 near Banner, Wyoming. A partial solar eclipse was visible across the entire North American continent. Photo Credit: (NASA/Joel Kowsky)

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ISS Transits Across the Sun During the Eclipse

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ISS Views 2017 Solar Eclipse

ISS Views of the 2017 Solar Eclipse Umbra.  Credit: NASA

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Eclipse View from the ISS

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Over South Florida and the Everglades, a partial Solar Eclipse of about 75 to 80% was visible.
ART of Darkness – Kayaking the final frontier of imaging and photography!

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A bad omen? Not at all – Cosmic alignments are cool!
Historically Solar eclipses were often interpreted as signs or omens from the heavens by pre-industrial/scientific peoples.

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Solar eclipse photography setup consists of a vintage SMC Pentax 1000mm reflex (mirror) lens fronted by a solar safety filter and backed with an APS-C camera.

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When paired with the small sensor Pentax Q cam, the 1000mm lens gets a much closer view of the Sun at an equivalent 5600 millimeters!

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Closeup view of the partial Solar eclipse of August 21, 2017!

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Our bright Sun being eclipsed by the Moon! 🙂

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“Soviet Blasphemy of the Eclipse?”
The Pentax mirror lens features two rotating turrets with ND and color filters!

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Full partiality of the August 21, 2017 Solar eclipse as visible from South Florida – about 80%!

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In South Florida and the Everglades, only a partial Solar eclipse of about 80% was visible.

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All-sky 360 view of the 80% partial Solar eclipse. The sky was noticeably dimmer and had a later afternoon kinda feel for about 10 minutes or so.

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At it’s peak, the sky dimmed, temperatures dropped a bit and my neighbor’s roosters started to crow.

Interesting crescent shaped shadows of the eclipse combined for a slightly eerie experience!

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Sunspot details at 5600mm courtesy of “Fatboy” and the versatile Pentax Q.

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The Moon is transiting and the sunspots can be see again!

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The  Sun with spots as the eclipse transit just about finished.

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Front end of the SMC Pentax 1000/11 Reflex lens shown in the wild at Little Rabbit Key in Florida Bay.
The full moon camping experience at Little Rabbit Key.

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“Fatboy” is a vintage circa 1980s Pentax 1000mm mirror lens pictured here mounted to the Johnson Key Chickee.
Camping on the Johnson Key platform in Florida Bay!

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Once the Sun settles below the horizon other Cosmic alignments become visible.

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After dark, getting ready for a lunar eclipse!
Harvest moon, Super moon, Blood moon and High Tides of the final tetrad Eclipse of 2015!

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The Supermoon of 2016 and the full moon camping experience at Little Rabbit Key.

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A total Lunar eclipse being the most prominent!

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Oh no! Nooooooooo! The eclipse is taking a big bite out of the moon!
Harvest moon, Super moon, Blood moon and High Tides of the final tetrad Eclipse of 2015!

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Harvest moon, Super moon, Blood moon and High Tides of the final tetrad Eclipse of 2015!

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Nearing totality, we have a super-duper blood, bloody moon!
Harvest moon, Super moon, Blood moon and High Tides of the final tetrad Eclipse of 2015!

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Kayakfari ART photography – ART of Darkness series.
A total lunar eclipse, was one of two visible in the Everglades in 2014.
More total eclipses are always in the works!

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Other Cosmic alignments include planets, constellations (stars) and even the twice daily tides!

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A very cool planetary alignment in the southern sky just before dawn in the winter of 2016!
Winter birthday triad on Florida Bay with the ‘Banana Boat’!

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Tides are also a result of celestial alignments!
Camping under a full moon in the lower Keys backcountry.
Higher ground in the Lower Keys and Faith in Numbers!

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ART of Darkness – Camping with the Stars! Part I

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Enjoy

and check back as I add more alignments!

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