Eclipse seen from two Guernseys
AN ASTRONOMER from Guernsey travelled to the town of Guernsey, Wyoming, in the United States to take in a total solar eclipse, as islanders were treated to a sunset spectacle on Monday evening.
David Le Conte made the 4,500-mile trip to the Rocky Mountain state to take in the eclipse first-hand.
‘Conditions were absolutely perfect with not a cloud in the sky.
‘Here in this part of Wyoming, hundreds of thousands filled up all available accommodation, camped by the roadside and threw big parties.
‘For most it was their very first total eclipse of the sun and an experience which they will never forget.
‘The wonderful sight lasted for less than two-and-a-half-minutes, but was worth travelling thousands of miles for.’
The solar event was best viewed across North America, where there was a path of totality crossing from the state of Oregon on the west coast of the USA to the state of South Carolina in the east.
The effects of the phenomenon were visible from Guernsey’s west coast for nearly 30 minutes as the moon passed in front of the setting sun.
Following mist and fog in the morning, the weather cleared in the evening to allow for some spectacular photographs from Pleinmont Point.
Local photographer Elaine Mahy snapped the Hanois lighthouse as the partially obscured sun set behind it.
Alderney resident Michael Maunder was also in Wyoming to witness the cosmic ballet in action.
From 400 miles west of Guernsey WY, Mr Maunder saw the moon block the sun from Jackson Hole and said excitement had reached ‘fever pitch’.
‘As the first “bite” out of the sun took place excitement mounted.
‘Excitement reached fever pitch as the last vestiges of the sun were obscured to reveal dramatic beads of light where sunlight peeked through the valleys on the moon.’
For the more casual astronomers in the Bailiwick, the next total solar eclipse is not expected until 3 September 2081.