Ma seppur parziale, valeva la pena provarci. Il massimo della copertura sarebbe stato alle 11:13 ora locale in Giappone, ma in ogni caso già da molti minuti prima fino a molti minuti dopo si poteva ammirare l'ombra che la traiettoria della luna disegnava lungo il suo corso. Se solo non ci fossero state nuvole!!!
Per lo meno, al momento in cui ho potuto abbandonare la scrivania e tirare qualche scatto, le nubi mi hanno in qualche modo riconosciuta, Sandro ha infatti detto che aspettavano me prima di nascondere completamente il sole, e quindi una parvenza di eclisse l'ho immortalata.
E soprattutto l'ho vista senza sborsare un centesimo.
It was the longest solar eclipse of 2009. It was total. It was like swearing if one missed it. We missed it. A cloudy sky fault, covering Japan for the last two days. Here, at our latitude, the eclipse was predicted to be up to 70%, only in Iwojima it could be total. Iwojima, yes, where to see the most spectacular phenomenon in the universe, some paid up to 3000 bucks and had to get content with a handful of clouds and a little more shade at the moment of the coverage of the sun...
Yet partial, but worth a try. The peak was supposed to be at 11:13 local time in Japan, but still, for many minutes before and many minutes after one can watch the shade the moon was drawing on its path. If only clouds went away!!!
Though, when I had some time to leave my desk and try out some shots, the clouds somehow recognized me, Sandro said indeed that they were waiting for me before covering the sun again, so I could fix a idea of a eclipse.
And, overall, I saw it without paying one cent.