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By Troy Carpenter
For The Sentinel 

Clouds scatter to allow viewing of eclipse at the Goldendale Observatory

 

Troy Carpenter

ECLIPSE SPOTTED: The above photo was taken at 3:49 p.m., on Oct. 23, about an hour after maximum coverage of the sun during a partial solar eclipse. Carpenter shot the photo at the Goldendale Observatory using a 6-inch f/15 refreactor, using Baader AstroSolar filtration. The large sunspot is the complex called AR2192, which has become the largest of this solar cycle.

The partial solar eclipse started out barely visible due to clouds, then it began pouring rain. This scared away most of our visitors at the Goldendale Observatory, so only a handful got to see the latter-half of the eclipse when the rain stopped and clouds finally thinned out. 

It never became entirely clear, but I was able to snap a few photos.

Solar eclipses occur when the Moon's eccentric orbit happens to carry it directly between the sun and earth; lunar eclipses occur when the moon moves into Earth's shadow.  It is not surprising that both events often occur in pairs, two weeks apart, as the chance alignment leading to one eclipse is still in play during the other.

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