We were, sort of, there.

The place to be for the March 29, 2006 solar eclipse was Turkey, but Israel wasn't all that bad. At about 12:45 it felt as though it was, perhaps, 18:15 - as though the evening were approaching. Not dark, but certainly not the middle of the day.

From previous experience of a number of years ago I'd learned that it was possible to get a good, and safe, view of the sun by gazing through the insides of two old floppy disks (their original content don't seem to have much of an effect on the viewing). I did this at the college where I work, inviting everyone who passed by to take a look as well. It seems that most people aren't aware that this is truly an impressive sight, but given the opportunity they do quite a bit of oohing and aahing.

Among the people I invited to take a look were some graphic artists who had succeeded in photographing the sun while it was behind some clouds. They then photographed it via the floppy, but (even I have to admit) the behind-the-clouds photo was better. So, they sent it to me, and I'm happy to post it here - evidence of today's event.

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