In spite of the eclipse threads being locked up tight, I have a comment relevant to the sun. The solar forum seems to be the only place to go --
I have never seen shadow bands during a total solar eclipse, but an observation I made during the 1963 eclipse that makes me wonder. In the last moments before totality , I detected a pulsing of illumination as the eclipse went total. I have never had the experience repeat itself in the ten or eleven eclipses that followed. I was told at the time that there were oodles of shadow bands all over the place.
Thinking about it for fifty-six years, it dawns upon me that I did detect shadow bands crossing my face. The eclipse was so touch and go with clouds that I didn't have the time or inclination to look down just before totality! The pulses seemed to have a period of a 1/2 second and caused a ten percent reduction of light, indicating a low contrast phenomenon.
I don't think that I have a clear shot to last until April, 2024.
Has anyone here had a similar experience?
Edited by ed_turco, 18 October 2019 - 03:00 PM.