Solar eclipse sequence in Harborough

Andy Thomas, of Great Bowden Road, Market Harborough, sent us these super pictures of this morning's partial solar eclipse.
Andy Thomas, of Great Bowden Road, Market Harborough, sent us these super pictures of this morning's partial solar eclipse.

A spontaneous stargazing street party broke out in Great Bowden Road, Market Harborough, this morning as people gathered to watch the partial solar eclipse.

Joggers, people rushing to work, and even a rag-and-bone man all pulled in to watch the eclipse drawing in over the town.

Great Bowden Road resident Andy Thomas, who sent us the pictures here, said: “One man showed me a photograph of the pinhole camera he’d built using a cardbox box in his back garden.

“The sun shone clearly through the trees in the churchyard. As it progressed, we found the light weakened, a chill breeze sprung from nowhere and the birds returned silently to the tree branches.”

For the photographers among you, Andy sent us these technical details: Pentax K100D DSLR in manual mode with a 200mm lens, 1/3000 of a second at f22, fitted with a Hoya ND400 Solar Filter and a UV filter just for luck.

Story by Alex Blackwell.

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