The magic has happened again: deep, tongue-tying darkness in the middle of a sunny day.
Adventalen, March 20, 2015. Credit: Fabio Del Sordo / GalileoMobile
The light began changing gradually, from ten in the morning onwards, turning the surrounding mountains from white into a sort of yellow mixed with red.
A hot-air balloon was sailing the south-eastern blue sky, where a sundog was shining. Then it moved towards the Sun, perhaps trying to help the Moon to obscure our star. But this traveler of the air didn’t dare to interfere with the fight, and thus passed below the Sun, kept moving south, and finally disappeared behind the ridges of arctic mountains.
A hot-air balloon crossing the sky near a sundog. Credit: Fabio Del Sordo / GalileoMobile
I was checking the solar disk through my solar-filter glasses, taken at UNIS yesterday morning. The Moon was about to win the fight with the Sun, which did surrender, with a final breath, some minutes past eleven.
The Moon passing between me and the Sun. Credit: Fabio Del Sordo / GalileoMobile
The sky during the totality of the solar eclipse On the left, Venus is visible. Credit: Fabio Del Sordo / GalileoMobile
Then, the magic: our star took back its place in the terrestrial sky, the Moon was convinced to give up the fight.