JANUARY 15, 2009

The photographs were to be posted earlier this month but work load and time just did not permit. Finally here it is.

An eclipse during sunset is a rare event and would be a good viewing opportunity for the public, especially over Manila Bay, said Frederick Gabriana, a professor at the Rizal Technological University’s astronomy department, the only one in the country. According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the eclipse will start at 3:49 p.m. The peak of the eclipse will occur at 4:53 p.m. and end at 5:51 p.m.- newsinfo.inquirer.net

MacEclipse802

Well, if only the weather allowed for a clear view. But like many a situation, Mr. Murphy hung around and held the dreary dark cloud cover in place.

The 30 minutes was a waiting game-either the clouds would move out of the way with the winds or wait for the sun to set just perfectly showing itself in the little space provided that was not covered.

MacEclipse801

Finally the opportunity to shoot was there. The sun was right smack in the tiny little space in the cloudless sky.As the photo proves, it was, a really really partial eclipse. Looks like a cookie that my son took a bite out of. But the best thing to come out of this cloudy situation was the view right after the sunset.

MacEclipse804