August 21, 2017: Partial Eclipse

On this date, the celestial bodies above our heads became of increasing interest to the general population. the local radio channels that usually chatter about the lives of celebrities as well as the more educated channels that discuss economics and politics all began talking about the same topic: the solar eclipse that would occur on this day.

Many people viewed this visual wonder through specialized glasses that should make it safe to stare directly at the sun, but I chose another method of observation: my sextant. 


The sextant has specialized filters that make it safe to stare directly at the sun. This is because sighting the sun at noon is an important part of finding your position on the earth! The biggest difference is that today, during the eclipse, the sun looked like a small crescent instead of the typical disc. The crescent is the only part of the sun that was not obscured by the moon.