I was looking forward to this solar eclipse. I’ve never even seen one before and even though this wasn’t going to be a full solar eclipse it would still have been a first for me.
Somehow, I managed to let it slip my mind, and at 4:20 I found myself staring at my computer screen, scanning Twitter. Then I was making a mad scramble for my camera and I ran outside to try to get a photo or a video of the eclipse.
Unfortunately, there was nothing but clouds. It was a bit cooler out than usual. It was also a bit darker than usual. Well, not even that really. It wasn’t much darker than on a normal cloudy day. I took a photo of where the sun appeared to be with my camera. Unfortunately, my camera and Ubuntu don’t want to play nice together, so later I snapped this picture of the cloudy sky with my iPhone to share.
It seems like every time there’s an eclipse, Singapore has cloudy weather that prevents me from enjoying it. The last eclipse I tried to view was a lunar eclipse and it was cloudy that night as well. Downfall of a tropical climate I guess!
I’d been looking forward to this solar eclipse for weeks, ever since I first heard about it. I even took the time to write it down, and enter it as an entry with an alarm in my iPhone’s calendar. I didn’t want to miss it! Last night I went to bed, rather anxious to wake up and witness this, the longest solar eclipse for the century.
So, I wound up waking up early and, much to my dismay, I could hear the sound of rain. I hoped it would clear up but as the time for the eclipse got closer, it kept coming down harder and harder.
When it was time for the actual eclipse, I looked out my window and saw only this:
And then I realized my laundry was hanging to dry…
Singapore was supposed to be along the southern edge of the solar eclipse’s path, so I was hoping to see something exciting. The animated map I’d looked at showed Singapore in shadow. It did get a bit darker during the minutes when the eclipse was supposed to affect Singapore, but it wasn’t that noticeable. It wasn’t much darker than it would normally be during a thunderstorm.
So, it wasn’t quite what I’d hoped for, but we can’t have everything right?