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Eclipse over University of Texas

The partial solar eclipse of May 20th, 2012 as seen as the sun sets over the University of Texas in Austin. I'm not sure which building that is but, looking at the map, the only one that falls under the line of the sunset would appear to be the college of geophysical sciences and petroleum engineering. I'll take a look at Google street view and see if I can confirm this.


Unfortunately, Austin was about 400 miles too far east for us to see the full annular eclipse but we got about 60% coverage or so before the sun dipped below the horizon.


This was taken from the City of Austin transportation depot just off 183, north of 71, a location that Jerry Hayes had scouted earlier in the week. We had hoped to get the Capitol dome in the shot but, unfortunately, to get that, we would have had to park in the middle of the bridge down at 183 and Montopolis and setting up on a freeway didn't seem like a good thing to do. Strangely enough, as I drove back that way, there was a guy with a motocycle parked there on the shoulder and a camera on a tripod so I guess he got the shot!


By the way, this is straight out of the camera with no processing other than the square crop. I thought it was rather amusing that the colour was almost exactly UT orange.


This image featured in Flickr Explore for May 21st, 2012.


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Taken on May 20, 2012