Eden Prairie residents had the opportunity to witness a partial annular solar eclipse on Saturday, Oct. 14. The event, documented by Eden Prairie Local News (EPLN) photographer Gretchen Haynes, showcased two moments of the eclipse.
Haynes captured her first photo at 11:27 a.m. as the eclipse approached its peak despite the haze caused by the clouds. She quickly snapped her second photo at 11:45 a.m., just three minutes before the eclipse reached its peak overhead.
“At its peak, the partial eclipse was at about 46%,” Haynes said. “This photo is interesting because the water crystals in the clouds created a ‘sun dog’ of color around the sun. Although you cannot the sun directly due to the clouds, you can see the eclipse reflected in the sun’s glare.”
Haynes said that she captured the photos from the street in front of her home in Eden Prairie, opting for her iPhone 14 due to the cloudy conditions rather than her Sony camera, tripod, and solar filter.
The annular solar eclipse made its way across North, Central, and South America, starting in Oregon at 9:13 a.m. PDT and concluding in Texas at 12:03 p.m. CDT. It featured the “ring of fire” effect, created when the moon, slightly smaller in apparent size, permits the sun’s outer rim to remain visible.
In Eden Prairie, the eclipse commenced at 10:29 a.m., peaked at 11:48 a.m., and concluded at 1:11 p.m.
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