The Great Australian Eclipse – Second Diamond Ring
This is the sight eclipse chasers hate to see, yet celebrate the most! It is the diamond ring that ends totality.
This was the “third contact” diamond ring when the Sun returned in an explosion of light from behind the edge of the Moon.
Compare this view to my earlier blog, and you’ll see that the second diamond ring at the end of totality did not happen opposite the first diamond ring. That’s because we were well off the centreline of the Moon’s shadow, so from our perspective the Moon travelled across the Sun’s disk slightly off-centre.
From where we ended up in our chase for clear skies, we experienced 1m28s of totality, well under the 2 minutes maximum that others saw near the centreline. But we felt 1m28s of clear skies was better than 2 minutes under partly cloudy skies. Indeed, some on the coast saw the Sun only briefly during totality, or not at all.
Instead, while the last minute move was stressing, once we were set up, we had relaxed assurance we were going to see the whole show!
– Alan, November 14, 2012 / © 2012 Alan Dyer