CRIA volunteer and amazing photographer, Howard Rowe, and his wife Judy traveled to Arnold, Nebraska to view the solar eclipse in totality on August 21st. Howard was so kind to share some of his pictures of the eclipse with us.
Originally they had planned to watch the eclipse in Holdrege, Nebraska but changed locations when they realized there might be cloud cover there. They rolled into Arnold a couple of hours prior to the start of the eclipse. They had a good view of the sky, and of the western horizon where the moon’s shadow would initially appear.
Sky conditions improved as the morning progressed. Howard set up a video camera with a wide-angle lens and a view towards the western horizon that ran unattended throughout the entire period of totality. He used another video camera to shoot a sequence of the sun’s disk from the time of initial contact by the moon’s silhouette, to the end of totality.
His cameras captured a number of magenta-colored solar prominences that are only visible during a total eclipse. These prominences are plasma flares that erupt from the sun’s surface.
The next total solar eclipse that will swing across the continental United States happens on April 8, 2024.