Monday, May 21, 2012

Solar Eclipse - Dragon Year 2012

The Sun at 6:34 am
 I read from a news source that today, the new moon will eclipse the sun. For those who lived in the US, they are fortunate to see it, but for us here in the Philippines, we can only see partial solar eclipse. Riding along my favorite trail, I noticed that the sun casts a faint shadow unlike the previous days, hinting that the moon blocks the rays of the sun during its transit.
Note the faint shadow cast by the sun

Solar eclipses are rare, and it is fortunate that one can experience at least one total solar eclipse in a lifetime. My last recollection of a total solar eclipse was in 1988, a dragon year. If you happen to be an astronomer in the ancient times, and if you can predict the occurrence of a solar eclipse, you are considered a demigod. A failed prediction of an eclipse though, will mean certain death. What does a solar eclipse mean to us? Nothing really, it is just the moon blocking the sun's rays from reaching the earth. Not that it means the end of the world, not that it occurred in 2012 and near the end of the 13th cycle of the Mayan Calendar. Let us just enjoy this phenomenon. Happy Eclipse Day!

Bike Stats:
Recorded: 05/21/2012 06:15

Created by My Tracks on Android.
Total distance: 29.10 km (18.1 mi)
Total time: 1:53:59
Moving time: 1:42:04
Average speed: 15.31 km/h (9.5 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 17.10 km/h (10.6 mi/h)
Max speed: 53.32 km/h (33.1 mi/h)
Average pace: 3.92 min/km (6.3 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 3.51 min/km (5.6 min/mi)
Min pace: 1.13 min/km (1.8 min/mi)
Max elevation: 264 m (865 ft)
Min elevation: 31 m (103 ft)
Elevation gain: 777 m (2549 ft)
Max grade: 15 %
Min grade: -16 %

Activity type: mountain biking

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