solar eclipse

eclipse image through leaf shadows first day in hong kong, i’m lazing around surfing the internet thinking “why am i lazing around surfing the internet when i should be wandering around outside?” when i come across the news that there’s totally A SOLAR ECLIPSE visible from Hong Kong AT THAT VERY MOMENT. It’s only a partial eclipse here, but still… “So that’s why it’s not so bright outside,” I thought, and I rushed outside to check it out. (The other thing I thought was, “Good thing I was surfing the internet instead of wandering around outside”). I took this picture of the sun’s image (look in the lower left quadrant) as projected through a pinhole of a leaf.*

Apparently the Space Museum in Tsim Sha Tsui was having a public viewing, which probably would have been more exciting, but I wasn’t sure how long it was going to last. I took this picture at 4:30pm local time, about half an hour before the maximum. According to the Hong Kong Observatory, the eclipse started at 3.33pm, maxed at 4.54pm, and ended for HK viewers when the sun set at 6pm. Pretty cool, huh?

  • and yes, people were like, why is he taking a picture of the wall?