South Pole Partial Solar Eclipse 11-25-11

When I was in elementary school, my dad found a broken welding mask in our alley and, after carefully removing the glass, taped it neatly into a crisp cardboard box, covering the chipped corner. He brought it to my class one day when we were due to have a solar eclipse, and the whole class got to look at the sun, one at a time, thanks to my dad. I felt famous.

Yesterday we experienced an eclipse here at Pole, with about 75% coverage, and I carried on the tradition.

The sun started to peek out just a few hours before the eclipse was to begin after a full day of icy haze. Excited, I went to the B2 Science Lab and a scientist from South Pole Telescope helped me attach a piece of welding glass to my telephoto lens to take pictures of the sun directly. You should have seen my bag; I looked like a one-woman band getting ready for a performance. A welding mask, blank CDs, hand warmers, aluminized mylar squares, a cup of coffee and a sieve borrowed from the kitchen. We went out to the ceremonial pole, cameras in hand.

The sieve was really neat. A scientist had volunteered to make pinhole cameras in the galley before the eclipse, and the sieve was like a hundred pinhole cameras put together. See how all the pinholes are crescent shaped?

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8 thoughts on “South Pole Partial Solar Eclipse 11-25-11

  1. KIELL, WONDERFUL ABOUT THE ECLIPSE AND BEAUTIFUL PICTURES.
    I CAN JUST IMAGINE HOW THRILLED YOU WERE TO HAVE YOUR
    DAD SHOW THE GRADE SCHOOL KIDS ABOUT THAT OTHER
    ECLIPSE..THANKS FOR SHARING——-NEWS FROM HERE — TELL
    DAN WE ARE PLANNING TO HIRE PATRICE AND PHIL TO DO A SING
    IN OUR LOBBY SOME TIME THIS WINTER. LOVE TO YOU BOTH.
    NANCY A.K.A. DANCE GRAM

    1. Hi Kelly! You are welcome to use any of my photos as long as you give me credit (Kiell Kosberg) and it would be wonderful if you linked to the blog post as well. I have been asking around and so far haven’t found anyone with Sky and Telescope caliber photos, but I will let you know if there is anything more detailed than mine. Thank you, and thanks for reading! Kiell

  2. Too cool. Won’t your dad be pleased. Loved the multi-crescent sieve design but I guess I am just “partial” to partial eclipses.

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