Picture of Today 8/21/2017, Peek of the Solar Eclipse

Photo Aug 21, 9 43 54 AM

My view of the latest solar eclipse of 2017, above.

Living and working in Seattle, I witnessed a 92% peak of its possible totality. It was a privilege to have that much, being so close to its 100% totality across mid-Oregon state.

Such was an awesome sight from glasses (well worth the trouble in procuring). The time of the moon passing over the sun a little over two hours, with its peak at 10:20 AM. Such was the lively experience, witnessing the awesome power of our tiny moon, blocking the overwhelming presence of our closest star, for just the moment.

The picture here doesn’t capture the natural glow as well. But getting the pic was a fun challenge, using another pair of eclipse glasses as a filter over the lens, then trying to focus wild holding the camera and trying not to go blind. All went well, though my eyes definitely needed a rest afterward. Overall, a great experience made better by sharing with others. I shall look forward to the next solar eclipse in the US during 2024, though it will require a little travel. Hmmm…

– Orion T

Picture of Today 6/6/2017, The 22° Halo


I looked up during my lunch break and noticed a very large surprise in the sky….

A  22° Halo, also known as an ice halo, or solar halo, or just a halo. Whatever you call it, the sight is still special to behold with the slight grayness trapped within, and the rainbow tint on the outer edge. Such was hard to capture with my phone and bright, direct sun.

That is, according to this excerpt from Wikipedia:

“A 22° halo is an optical phenomenon that belongs to the family of ice crystal halos, in the form of a ring with a radius of approximately 22° around the Sun or Moon (in which case it is also called a moon ring or winter halo). It forms as the sun- or moonlight is refracted in millions of hexagonal ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere. The halo is large; the radius is roughly the size of an outstretched hand at arm’s length. A 22° halo may be visible on as many as 100 days per year—much more frequently than rainbows.”

This phenom is the second one witnessed in my life which I have blogged about back in 2015. This time, being the first I have seen this directly above and uninterrupted by nearby structures. Such was a glorious, welcome surprise for an otherwise routine day.

– Orion T