Posts Tagged ‘Yangshan Island’

The surreal moment of totality

22 July, 2009

Here’s the amazing moment. We are plunged into total darkness. It’s a surreal feeling because moments ago it was daylight, then everything got darker and darker. You know in your mind that it’s 9:30AM in the morning, and yet, 

Even more surreal is watching the Sun disappear right before you very eyes. Like an alien blockbuster, only it’s happening right before your very eyes.

The moment is so hard to describe. If you ever get a chance, you should experience a solar eclipse in real life.

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The Eclipse that Stopped the Sun

22 July, 2009

The weather was gloomy, but as the eclipse progressed, the darkening sky was definitely NOT due to the weather. Unmistakably, the world was getting darker and darker.

As gaps appeared in the clouds and we caught glimpses of the Sun, the excitement and anticipation grew.

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Even in less than the best weather conditions, the longest eclipse of the 21st century was an awesome sight. An experience one should not miss.

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At last, it’s Eclipse Day!

22 July, 2009

Woke up yesterday morning and it was raining! Argh! But still, we headed out to our locations. The SunStopper crew split up — one went to the filming location and the other went to the viewing site.

All around, other people were finding their spot to catch the eclipse. Some of them climbed up the hills. Others found their vantage point on nearby rooftops.

Wherever they were, everyone hoped for the best, that the clouds would part and we would get to see the Sun — so that we can stop it!

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Onwards! To the Eclipse!

21 July, 2009

After a day of talks and workshops, we checked our equipment, packed our gear and headed out to sea, to Yangshan Island, our destination for catching the longest eclipse of the century.

It’s where the Eclipse City crew is also catching the big show. They’ve been helpful, now if only the weather was as cooperative.

Unfortunately, the weather got worse with clouds and lightning as our adventure took us across Donghai Bridge, until recently the longest cross-sea bridge in the world (it’s amazing to see it on GoogleMap, btw).

And now, thunder and rain too.

Anyway, we’ve done our firsts tests and they were a success. We’re all hoping that the storm will rain itself out tonight and leave the skies clear for tomorrow.

It’s our big day! The longest eclipse of the 21st Century! Woohoo!

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