Eclipse happening now: Good view from Newquay

Posted: March 20, 2015 by tallbloke in Celestial Mechanics, solar system dynamics
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Live feed on eclipsenow I’m off out to watch, the cloud is broken here in Leeds Edit: Success! DSCF6207

Wish I’d made the journey to Svalbaard


But there again, perhaps not.

“Solar bear: Tourist travels to the Arctic for best view of the eclipse…but gets mauled by a polar which is shot by his friend’s mother”

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  1. A few holes in the clouds here in Sheffield.

  2. oldbrew says:

    Fairly sunny here in north Cheshire – the partial eclipse should be about 90% at max around 9:30 am.
    Starting to lose light now.

    View from home:

  3. oh2bhuman says:


  4. tallbloke says:

    Good shot OB! Mine going up in a few minutes.

  5. tallbloke says:

    Lovely Mike!

    Here my bird photo of the day: Swan intimidates goose

  6. Evan HIghlander says:

    THanks for the Link, Hmmp – bit of a flop up here, inner M Firth. Heavy cloud cover – not much darker than in a heavy downpour – Seagulls still flying , odd Crows,( can I say that nowadays ? 🙂 ) Large-ish flock of geese flying to / from somewhere, and a Kite hunting as usual + our local Wagtail hopping about with some pidgeons / pigeons / whatever – Cushydoos ! then!
    Clouds cleared enough just after max to get some fotos. was it worth the fuss ? Don’t know – traffic and work continued as normal closeby – not even need the headlights on – But I was there !

  7. Bloke down the pub says:

    Excuse #1002 for lack of Global Warming – too many eclipses.
    I’ve been tracking the impact of the eclipse on the output of my solar panels. I don’t suppose there is a national record for that anywhere?

  8. tallbloke says:

    At least you saw it Evan.
    Here’s my other bird photo from today

  9. tallbloke says:

    Bloke: I believe the German Energiewiende people were keeping a close eye on it in case it cause a power spike in their grid. Fat chance under this cloud…

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  11. Evan HIghlander says:

    well, I was watching several websites and didn’t see anything; and a localish PV installation + Temps in Dingwall from another domestic website – temps didn’t really fall, but obv. PV dropped off the scale
    – how could / do I upload a foto to here ?

  12. tallbloke says:

    You don’t. You upload it to somewhere and paste the link here, then wordpress grabs the image from your image host and displays it if it can.

  13. oldbrew says:

    From Germany: ‘Solar plants may generate as much as 22.1 gigawatts for the grid on Friday. “In 10 years, when we probably have double the amount of PV then what we have today, what we see as a crisis will be a daily phenomenon,” he said.’

  14. Evan HIghlander says:

    Yes I found that out, thanks – so nocando at this end meantime
    BTW – isn’t frustrating when as per Oldbrew’s Bloomberg link that ” your Browser is out of date / not supported” hmmmp poor XP with ie8 – just so fed up with Globalwarming histeria copied in IT – no backwards capability – and the new stuff is’t really that great EITHER for the Real working man. ANdroid on GAlaxy Note is a PAIN – so I refuse to budge on this modern Tech ! END…
    I’m off out now to enjoy the weather – as Joe says, it’s all…. ( mannn! I’ve forgotten haha ! )

  15. tallbloke says:

    Suggest you try a browser version like Opera

    [mod note: Opera V12 is officially still available [in list] but long unsupported, not marked as a security risk. For XP maybe consider Pale Moon, Atom version. This is a Firefox variant with less of the junk. Main version doesn’t support XP but Atom version does.
    I’m not sure there is any sane browser left, one of bloated, insecure, not developed. (minori is not right yet such as dll hell, etc.)
    Opera old style is so missed a team is developing their own, called Otter, not really ready yet. –Tim]

  16. tchannon says:

    The fisherman missed so we didn’t see more than a slight image through cloud.

    Chilbolton probably registered a slight drop in insolation, slight drop in temperature, wind wobble, maybe.

    I might put up some plots tomorrow. True high res data will not available until April or so.

  17. tallbloke says:

    The effect of the eclipse on Germany solar energy output

    Note the x-axis seems to be a bit strange with timing. GMT? But Germany is only 2hrs ahead of that.

  18. tallbloke says:

    A spectacular sunset from my office window to end an exciting solar day.

  19. Don Keiller says:

    Drove out of town with ‘scope and Baader solar filter.
    What did I get?

    Wall to wall cloud.

  20. tallbloke says:

    Bad luck Don. I’m fancying a trip to Charleston for the 2017 eclipse. Good chance of clear skies in late august there I hope.

  21. tchannon says:

    I saw the last total eclipse, a curious event. If you haven’t seen one at least try.

    Isn’t it odd how the sun is playing sillies, see space weather.

  22. tom0mason says:

    I find it interesting to note that a few observers noted a drop in temperature during the event. So there will be a small amount of cooling across Europe.

    Oh, no sorry my error I forgot the UN-IPCC say that global temperature is not greatly affected by overall solar radiance reaching the planet.

  23. suricat says:

    My telescope was at the ready TB, but the ‘cloud’ above Essex UK meant that ‘the computer says no’!

    It got ‘dim’ and it got ‘light’ again, what more can I say?

    Best regards, Ray.

  24. suricat says: March 21, 2015 at 4:10 am

    ” My telescope was at the ready TB, but the ‘cloud’ above Essex UK meant that ‘the computer says no’! It got ‘dim’ and it got ‘light’ again, what more can I say?”

    You truly did not miss much! Did you see those squirrels play?

  25. tallbloke says:

    Nice try Lord B. What sort of camera did you use?

  26. Samsung WB2200F, ND1000, ND8, ND6, ND2 filters, which unfortunately because of stacking them gave multiple reflections. Know better for next time…. if I remember!

  27. tallbloke says:

  28. ren says:

    Solar bear: Tourist travels to the Arctic for best view of the eclipse…but gets mauled by a polar which is shot by his friend’s mother.

  29. Bob Weber says:

    That is one sad story ren!

  30. ren says:

    Bob Weber, ren in Polish means reindeer.

  31. ren says:

    Bob Weber today, I’ll try against bacteria in the nose “my” mushroom – Reishi.

  32. Bob Weber says:

    Not feeling well today ren? I looked it up and found that “Reishi mushroom contains chemicals that seem to have a variety of potentially beneficial effects, including activity against tumors (cancer) and beneficial effects on the immune system.” I hope you don’t have cancer – my parents died from it.


    I don’t have any of the symptoms that one would use Reishi for, thankfully, except occasional insomnia. My BP is usually 110/70. Cutting, chopping, and chucking wood helps.

    I see you also noticed the most recent episode of solar wind induced polar vortex action from a few days ago. If more people paid attention to what is happening instead of relying on peer-reviewed papers as a substitute for observing/thinking, this climate “crisis” would’ve ended peacefully already.

  33. ren says:

    Bob Weber Reishi and Vilcacora increase the number of macrophages in the body. Macrophages purify the blood of harmful substances.

  34. ren says:

    Bob Weber I know about the blood, because I have given honorable about 35 liters. The word “shi” in Japanese means “4” and “warrior”. The word “rei” means “divine”.

  35. ren says:

    Bob turned the polar vortex over North America.