Eclipse reflection

101 Arch St. during the eclipse

KLB noticed the eclipse reflected on 101 Arch St. downtown today.



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    As I said in a previous post.. we had a annular eclipse here in 1994 and I remember it very vividly.

    However, in 1994 digital photography was not a big thing back then. (I think I had my first digital photo of myself taken a year later with an Apple QuickTake Camera)..

    But this time. I never noticed the reflection thing if you take a photo. Here's some pictures I did once I realized what the blue spec was of the eclipse. I kept taking photos of the sun but I didn't notice the soft reflection until almost near the end (where I took the second photo with the piece of paper)

    Same reflection

    in the photos I took using the selfie setting on my iPhone & holding it over my head. Anyone know 1) the why behind this & 2) the reason for the reflection being bright turquoise ?


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    I don't know but I had someone comment on my Facebook that said you really needed a filter to capture it with your cell phone because the sun was just too bright.

    I'm going to assume it just being an off hue and a reflection..

    Internal reflection/refraction?

    I got some nice "thumbnails" using my camera in selfie mode. They seemed to be at a relatively fixed position of arc.

    They disappeared when I tried to filter with my polarized sunglasses.

    So, I suspect that the image reflected back off of the sensor and then back off the lens to form the secondary thumbnail. That's the best theory I could muster.

    Timing is odd

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    Is this legit? The timestamp on Twitter says 1:43 PM, and I don't remember the eclipse being so far advanced by then.

    This link gives 1:28pm for onset of the eclipse, so the picture was taken *at the latest* no more than 15 minutes into the eclipse, and at least an hour before peak.

    I suspect an oddly shaped reflective surface that *always* projects that shape, rather than a surface that happens to be concave with the right focal length and orientation to project an image onto that building.

    Maybe someone would like to go out today and take a look at what the reflection looks like at the same time just one day later?