We had a great time on Saturday watching the annular solar eclipse.
“Annular” means “ring-shaped” — when an eclipse is annular, that means the moon is centered on the sun, but it appears smaller and doesn’t completely block it out, leading to the “ring of fire” effect.
We didn’t get the full ring of fire effect in our neighborhood — we would’ve had to drive an hour to get that, and I decided I wanted to see this one on our street in our normal environment. I was glad I made that call, as we got to explore our yard for the weird shadows that fall when the gaps in the tree leaves become pinhole cameras. Maybe best of all, we got to hang out with our neighbors in what turned into a viewing party.
I have been thinking a lot about afterimages since. “An afterimage is an image that continues to appear in the eyes after a period of exposure to the original image.”
I saw so many photos of the ring of fire that I’ve been seeing little rings of fire everywhere — like my mind is looking for afterimages. (Above: an air purifier in my kids’ room and a light I spotted on the way home from driving them to school.)
A viewing party turns into an afterparty.