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22 Aug 2017

From one to the other

Coins-United States | CoinLady

Yesterday I witnessed my first total eclipse of the sun. This was an unforgettable experience for an amateur astronomer.
After a full day of observing the sun, 93 million miles away, and the moon, hundreds of thousands of miles away, it's back to coins. Back to looking at large and small coins held close, checking change, admiring silver dollars and cents at the coin shop.
From distance to close-up. A day after using telescopes, binoculars, astronomical equipment, it's back to close focusing with a magnifier or a loupe.
And after gazing at the beautiful colors of nature in space, it's back to checking out the colors that silver and copper tone after many years.
Many numismatists appreciate space science, and why not?  

Comments

Kepi

Level 6

I like your comparison between space science and numismatics! : ) Here in the California Hi-Desert we had about 3/4 's of the eclipse! Spectacular indeed!

Longstrider

Level 6

Interesting comparison! Thanks for the thoughts.

user_9073

Level 5

This was my second solar eclipse. We projected the image with a colander. I was pretty cool seeing about 30 image all in the shadow of the colander on the floor of the patio.

CoinLady

Level 6

I saw quite a few people did that, posted on Twitter. Good idea. This was my 1st total solar eclipse in person. I've seen a few partial.

coinsbygary

Level 5

My view of the eclipse had one cloud that refused to get out of the way 20 minutes before the final sliver of sun before totality. Then like a great unveiling of cloud cover we could see the final crescent and the clouds peel away like a mist. The sun went back behind the cloud and then out again for a spectacular view of the full eclipse. The diamond ring on the other side of the eclipse was like a final curtain call! The darkness was amazing and you could view the horizon like a sunset and not just in the west but all 360 degrees of my view. The coloring was a beautiful orange/purple. The crickets started chirping and the birds were confused. I was in a football stadium with 15,000 other very exited viewers! Before the eclipse, I had NO IDEA of the emotional high I would feel, what a rush! It is just something that you must experience. As the light came back there was an eeriness about the light that I had never experienced. This ended with the stadium playing "Eclipse" from Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon and tears began to well up! What a rush! The heavens DO declare the glory of the Lord! In seven more years, if I can, I'm doing this again but until then it's back to coins for me!

CoinLady

Level 6

Were you in Carbondale? We were too! The diamond ring was spectacular. You are so right abt the emotional effect.

Conan Barbarian

Level 5

where i live i saw a partial eclipse but it was still a site to behold

Mike

Level 7

I can't believe it didn't get that dark here. I couldn't believe I couldn't see it . Where I am in the house and where the this took place even if I had the right glasses I wouldn't of seen it. But my wife could not find them anywhere. Well I still have those lovely coins to look at. And I have the special glasses to see them. That's what counts. Thanks Mike.

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