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Eclipse Dims Late Afternoon Sun in LB

(June 10, 2002) -- Sunlight dimmed and an early and temporary dusk descended on much of southern California today as the moon moved across the sun's path, creating an eclipse clearly visible in LB.

Eclipse #1Some LB residents took advantage of the opportunity to view nature's uncommon solar-lunar positioning. ELB homeowner Marty Lee, cast in the eerie eclipsed reduced sunlight shortly after 6:00 p.m., did exactly what "Mr. Wizard" recommended years ago: he cut a hole in a piece of cardboard and used it to reveal an image of the moon taking a bite out of the sun. He cleverly projected the image on a suitable white surface...his backdoor.

Eclipse #2Yes, it worked. Look closely within the shadowed area on Marty's back door and you'll see a slice of the sun, the rest eclipsed by the moon. Nice work, Marty (and thank you, Mr. Wizard).

Eclipse #3And Bill Timmons of LB took this masterful photo of the eclipse using a filter. Truly awesome. is gratefull to Mr. Timmons, and wife Cheryl Timmons, for emailing it to us for inclusion here.

Eclipse #4And here's another from Mr. Timmons with creative effects...a good time to recall that "photography" means, literally, "writing with light."

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