Calar Alto January 2011

A sun partially covered by the moon rises behind a sea of ​​clouds. View from Calar Alto, Spain
A sun partially covered by the moon rises behind a sea of ​​clouds. View from Calar Alto, Spain

Nobody else in the group wanted to take over this observation run at Calar Alto, which started on January 2nd. I had to reschedule my New Year’s Eve a bit, but the partial solar eclipse that was taking place at the same time really interested me. And so I celebrated New Year’s Eve until 2 a.m., slept until 4 a.m. and then took the first train to the airport. I almost missed my transfer and was surprised how quickly the time in the warm waiting room had passed. At the check-in counter at the airport, they were thrilled that I was there, as the only other passenger had already checked in. And so I almost had a private flight from Frankfurt to Madrid. The next morning I went to Almeria in a normally occupied plane, so that I arrived at the observatory around noon. And at the end of the observation night I was able to enjoy an unusual sunrise. Or two, one left and one right. I think I slept really well afterwards.

A sun partially covered by the moon rises behind a sea of ​​clouds. Without a solar filter, the sun is very bright despite the partial coverage. View from Calar Alto, Spain
A sun partially covered by the moon rises behind a sea of ​​clouds. Without a solar filter, the sun is very bright despite the partial coverage. View from Calar Alto, Spain

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