ESPERANCE – Did you catch this morning’s partial solar eclipse?
Local astronomer and former Gazette columnist Richard Monda snapped these photos of the early Thursday event from Esperance’s George Landis Arboretum.
The photos, using a solar filter, show the progression over about a half hour from 5:43 a.m. to 6:28 a.m.
Monda reported local viewing conditions in the Schoharie Valley were less than ideal, with a dense fog.
Fortunately, he said, his location at the arboretum put him high enough to see the eclipse event above the fog and as the sun rose, it made it to clearer sky.
The best seats for the “ring of fire” annular solar eclipse were in Canada, northward to the Arctic and into Russia
An annular eclipse occurs when a new moon is around its farthest point from us and appearing smaller, and so it doesn’t completely blot out the sun when it’s dead center.
The Northeast and Capital Region were close enough to see about 70 percent coverage, but just after sun up.
Missed it? There’s a much better show coming in just under three years, on April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse where the path of totality will cut right across the heart of the county and Western New York and the Adirondacks. Buffalo will see nearly four minutes of the full eclipse.
Schenectady is expected to see the sun covered 97.49 percent at the 2024 eclipse’s height, according to EclipseWise.com.
Monda’s photos from this morning’s partial eclipse:
The Associated Press contributed to this post.