Wednesday, March 23, 2011

ABC Wednesday: J is for the
January 2011 Partial Solar Eclipse

The story is told on the Cosmopoetry website by SARM's Astropoetry Master Club and Friends.

On January 4, 2011 the old continent and large zones of Asia and Africa were spoiled by such an eclipse. although the sky did not break anywhere the winter clouds, an entire world vibrated for this phenomenon.

Moon and Venus over Targoviste © Valentin Grigore


A Jubilee For The Foucault Pendulum
by Dimitrie Olenici
I made a jubilee experiment with the Foucault Pendulum at Iasi University, 50 years after a similar one made by Ghe. Jeverdan, Ghe. Rusu and V. Antonescu to the solar eclipse of February 15, 1961 when they discovered that the oscillation period of a pendulum changes during an eclipse. My experiment, made by a pendulum of 17.78 meters installed in an inferior room, confirmed their results one more time. A high moment, although I observed this eclipse at the subsoil.

The Partial Solar Eclipse In Europe
by David Asher (Northern Ireland, UK, astronomer at Armagh Observatory, famous meteor shower predictor, discoverer of asteroids, co-star in Hollywood movie Armageddon)
At dawn on the New Year's fourth day
The sun was part eaten away.
The eclipse was quite deep,
But I was asleep -
What will other astronomers say?

by Gerald England (UK, Editor of New Hope International, honorary member of the International Writers and Artists Association, laureate of the Ted Slade Award)
an eclipse tonight
posted a friend on Facebook
but by then too late
out of my window blackness
others' visions seen online

Pse 2011 In Magurele (Romania)
photograph © Andreea Fazacas


Brief Escape From A Hysterical Town: Bucharest, January 4, 2011
haiku by Andrei Dorian Gheorghe
Over a park
the eclipse like a
bird of fire.

Hanne’S Object
A Parallel Thought During A Partial Solar Eclipse When The Sky Is Cloudy

by Steve Sneyd (UK, director of Hilltop Press and editor of Data Dump, laureate of the Peterson Trophy)
You praise blue gas ball
galaxy - big 10° K hot
yet no stars in it to
heat this mystery you smile
"as puzzling as me to you"

Vampires And Eclipses
by Andrei Dorian Gheorghe
Dracula is a vampire,
said someone,
falsifying the historical truth.

In this Romanian brave ruler's Capital,
no observer of the 2011 partial solar eclipse
saw Vlad Tepes Draculea
(his real name)
eating our star.
Only the Moon's "body check"
to the Sun.

Eclipse Among Snowflakes In Targoviste
photo © Cristian Daniel Grigore (age17);
haiku by Andrei Dorian Gheorghe
among smowflakes
which are never twins
another unique eclipse

So many potential observers were frustrated by the weather conditions but they manage to contribute some superb photographs nonetheless. The above are just a small sample. See them all at European Winter Astro-Story Of The Partial Solar Eclipse 2011.

For more J posts visit ABC Wednesday.

For more views of the heavens visit Skywatch Friday.


  1. I love the eclipse news.
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  2. Very interesting J and so pretty too.

    Please come and meet the J's in my Family, hope to see you around, thanks!

  3. A charming shot. Wonder if it happened in my part of Asia; would have noticed or I was just too oblivious.

  4. awesome reflection on historical event.

    Happy Wednesday.

  5. Eclipses are always enticing, aren't they? :)

    All these news were priceless, but I loved most the firt one, on the Foulcault Pendulum, it reminded me ofUmberto Eco's book!