If you've been hiding under a rock this week two main events happened; paddys day and we were granted a 95% show of a solar eclipse provided that the clouds moved.
Not just any ole paddys day this year the cosmic forces came together and provided a show that is unprecedented for ireland, the sky literally came to life on paddys day; as most of the country was behind the bar drinking it dry; the other half who are into photography were out in force as the sky gods or saints were watching over us as we were privileged to see a spectacular show and one which will be forever in my memory.
Today 20th March (Spring Equinox) the sky came up trumps at the pivotal moment as the clouds parted to show us the solar eclipse of 2015. Ok we didn't get a full eclipse like the faroe islands which is basically a corona( bailey beads effect) and very impressive. I've witnessed this way back in 2001, but at home this year we were granted a show none the less as got to see 95% of a partial eclipse.
As the moon covers the sun, the light starts to die out; a lot of critics and sceptics were worried about this as the energy devices most of Europe are using is solar powered but no such worries as the backups kicked in. As the day turns into dark one phenomenon that catches nature out is that the birds begin to squawk as they think its time to sleep, & the dogs howl; I wish i took a picture as I saw this grey squirrel rush across the lawn, then proceeded to stop look at me with puzzlement as didn't know what to do when the light became darker.
I later found out our ducks and geese were on the same mindset as they figured it was nighttime and returned to bed.
One thing I had noticed when the bbc stargazing were reporting was a huge spot on the sun; the last sunspot that had erupted means we may have another show in the next few days as was incremental judging by the tv footage.
On that note hopefully I'll be lucky with the next foreseeable aurora & hope you appreciate reading my thoughts on our cosmic week.
Delighted to see my image being post on the accuweather site.