A few hundred years ago a very eccentric chap known as Isaac Newton conducted a famous experiment where he stared at the sun for as long as he could bear to see what effect it had on his eyes, luckily for him it didn’t have permanent damage but he had to lock himself in a dark room for 3 to 4 days before his eyes were much use again. (He was a weird chap mind you, in another experiment he stuck wooden needles into his eye sockets and fidgeted about with them to see what would happen).

Today one of my colleagues attempted to go one better and brought a pair of binoculars to the office to make sure he could get a really good look at the eclipse.

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25X magnification – that should do it

Anyway, as for the eclipse itself, I don’t know what all the fuss was all about. I was virtually dragged outside by my colleagues to witness this “momentous event” in the middle of a thunderstorm. They all set up about looking at the sky at various points trying to find the sun while I sheltered in the guards hut, some of them had brought IMAX 3D glasses????? WTF????

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The bit of sky where we decided the sun probably was, I’ll be getting these photos out to show the grandkids one day

9:36 am is when it was all going to happen, that’s what they told me so I waited out there, 9:32, 9:33, the tension was building as we got closer and closer to this truly amazing event.

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About 9:32 am

Finally the time was on us, 9:36! and it went dark for five minutes….

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According to my camera this picture was taken on the 15th June 2007 at 1:30 pm

You think I’m going to say something else happened right, but no that was it, I could have just worked late on any night and seen exactly the same thing, what a complete waste of time, I hope I never have to see one again…

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