Luminous Crescents at the Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse Golden Crescents

A wonderful surprise of the annular eclipse at the new moon this month was the bounty of bright crescents produced by the moon traveling over the sun and projected on our outdoor walls as if by a hundred pinhole cameras. We were south of the path, so ours was a crescent sun rather than a ring of fire. A very favorite shape of mine, for the crescent is the likely the ancestor of our letter C. As the eclipse progressed, the crescents shifted to become horizontal.

Solar Eclipse Horizontal Crescents

As the trees moved in the evening breeze, these crescents danced like a hundred birds in flight. Light and shadow play. Celestial magic.

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  • Hecate 05/21/2012, 3:16 pm


  • Michele 05/21/2012, 5:41 pm

    I’ve seen a few of these photos in the last day or so and thought they were remarkable. I had no idea that it would create these feathery confetti things!

  • JENNIFER 05/21/2012, 7:19 pm

    Thanks for sharing…we were not in the viewable belt so the only things I have seen are other peoples posts. I love yours.

  • Andrew van der Merwe 10/23/2014, 11:34 pm


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