Richmond Astronomical Society

2017 Solar eclipse at SMV

Sep 12th, 2017 | By | Category: Events

Was it an eclipse watch or a concert?

We’ve had some pretty large crowds at the SMV, but Aug. 21 of 2017 was one of the largest I’ve seen. Since we gave away 750 pairs of eclipse glasses, I’m estimating we had at least 800 people there. As you can see from the pictures here and below, it was pretty much standing room only. Since the eclipse started around 1:30, it was perfect that the SMV had arranged for several food trucks to be there, too.

Richmond only saw 86% of a total eclipse, but it was pretty dramatic, anyway.

Allan Noah’s solar projection screen

RAS had several telescopes there, and Allan Noah had one projecting an 18 inch image onto a screen fixed to the front.

I had the club’s Coronado telescope attached to my main scope (safely taped up) for guiding, and one young man was so impressed that he exclaimed “That’s the greatest thing I’ve seen in my life.”

Viewing through the Coronado attached to my scope

There were a lot of kids, which was great to see

The telescopes were ringed around the Earth

Shade was welcome–the temperature was 90+

Gary Cowardin had a Coronado and a projector (on the table)

At one time, I must have had 75 people had lined up for a look

Notice the blue tape on the front of the main telescope for safety

Mearl Balmer explains what’s happening

Great t-shirt

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