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SOLAR ECLIPSE - ROSS-ON-WYE, 31st MAY 2003
minutes past four, Greenwich Mean Time on 31st May 2003, the sun
above the eastern horizon in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, approximately
30% eclipsed by the moon. Over a large chunk of Greenland, the
whole of Iceland and the tip of Scotland, the eclipse was annular.
This is similar to a total eclipse, however the moon looks smaller
due to its greater distance from the earth and does not completely
obscure the sun's disc, causing a 'ring of fire' effect as it
passes in front of the sun. Unfortunately for parts, if not all
of Scotland however, the weather was not kind and the annular
effect was obscured by thick mist.
lot further south, in Ross-on-Wye there was only a very light
haze as I took a couple of hours out from being a postman to photograph
the event from a field a little north of my home. Thanks Roger
and Mike for prepping and delivering part of Duty 26 for me! I
took a total of seventy six photographs of the event, trying various
exposure and aperture settings and only two failed. Below you
can see a sequence of four of them. I sent a small copy of the
third one down to Sky News by email and, to my surprise, Steve
Dixon and Alison Bell broadcast it at least twice to my knowledge
on the morning news programme. I missed it live as I was out delivering
mail but I have since seen a video recording. Thanks to you both
for the kind comments both on screen and in your email!
first view of the sun as it appeared on the horizon at 04 hours
11 minutes and 56 seconds GMT.
04 hours 14 minutes and 28 seconds GMT. The eclipsed sun rising
above a distant tree. This 1/640 second exposure at F11 with polarizing
filter shows our star's true colour, red by refraction through the
earth's moist atmosphere.
04 hours 15 minutes and 28 seconds GMT, the sun is fully above the
horizon looking like a Pacman.
Photographed again at 04 hours 17 minutes and 44 seconds GMT at
1/640 second, F5.6 and polarizing filter to produce a clearer view
of the sun itself.
below is of the partial eclipse which occurred on 10 May 1994,
photographed from Cawdor, Ross-on-Wye. Conditions were overcast
but I managed to get two shots through a brief gap in the cloud.
Kodak 100 ASA film, 600 mm lens, f11, 1/1000 second exposure,
no filter. This eclipse was a dawn annular over the Eastern United
States and Canada. In Ross-on-Wye, the eclipse began at 17:36
GMT and ended at sunset, so only the beginning stages were visible