Watching the Moon’s Shadow in an Unexpected Way

Posted by on August 21, 2017 in What Pooks is Reading | 7 comments

I had no idea you could watch an eclipse–watch the moon’s shadow–without special anything.

I did not know that what we see as ‘sunshine’ is actually myriad overlapping circles of light, and during an eclipse, the become slices of light.

Watching the moon’s shadow on the patio. Note the tripod leg for those who need mechanical advices to enhance their experience.

My Resident Storm Chaser shows me these kinds of things. He’s so smart.

And watching the ground, various places around the yard, was beautiful.

“Oh, I’m bein’ followed by a moonshadow, moon shadow, moonshadow—
Leapin and hoppin’ on a moonshadow, moonshadow, moonshadow—“

Cat Stephens, aka Yusuf Islam

Or as my 15-year-old grandprincess discovered, you can watch it through the round holes in a colander.

Watching the moon’s shadow through a colander



  1. so cool!

    • I have the same colander. Will try it.

      • If I’d taken greater pains it could have been a gorgeous picture. But it’s still pretty.

    • 🙂

      • It worked! Thank you so much! When I posted my second picture with just the circle, I also changed it to B&W, and that made a nice picture. I didn’t use any other filters on it. My husband and youngest boy enjoyed seeing it through the colander since we didn’t have glasses. The sun had the perfect angle into my kitchen to make it work.

        So many people commented on how clever it was. 🙂 Thanks to you and the grandprincess!

  2. That’s so stinkin’ cool! We only had a partial eclipse here, but someone found a welding hood (!), and it was very, very in-the-original-sense-of-the-word awesome.

    • A welding hood!!!

      You win the eclipse!

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