The surface of the earth that is covered by the narrow shadow band of
the total solar eclipse is quite small. Its never over 167 miles in diameter.
But quite a large portion of the earth gets shadowed by the partial blocking
of the sun and can witness the partial eclipse. In these places the eclipse
may go unnoticed by people who have not been told beforehand, unless they
happen to look at the sun with solar filters or look at images formed
of the sun in odd places especially due to the pin hole camera effect.
If viewed properly, it can be quite enjoyable as it creates crescents
Look under a
If you have a tree with lots of leaves at your location try looking at
the images of the sun formed on the ground in its shade. You will notice
thousands of crescents playing around on the ground. These are formed
by the sunlight coming through the holes formed by the leaves.
If you have curtains made of bamboo weaving and during the eclipse sunlight
comes through this, then thousands of crescents as images are formed.
in designing a device for the safe viewing of the solar eclipse. The best
of these designs will be honored with 'Crescent on the Sun Award' on the
10th of August, one day before the day of the total eclipse. For
details, look up design a solar viewer