I was looking forward to seeing last night’s partial eclipse of the sun, but lacking a welder’s mask I knew it would be melted eyeball time if I actually tried to watch. So when the day started with rain, and continued with rain, I was only mildly disappointed that clouds would hide our solar peek-a-boo.
But when the skies cleared in the late afternoon, I knew I had to find a west-facing wall with a nearby tree and a clear view of the horizon so I could see if the tree-leaves-as-pinhole-camera phenomenon worked.
Luckily, Columbia Heights High School had all the required components.
And there you see all the little curvy sun-cresecents, just as Aristotle predicted. Impressive! What better place to have a scientific principle demonstrated than the wall of the local high school.
And there happened to be a guy there with a welder’s mask, so I got a direct look too!
When have you been astonished to discover what you were told is true?