At 8.50am today the street lights, rather optimistically, came on and the recent cloudy skies parted to give us a glimpse of the longest total eclipse of the 21st Century. Admittedly Kunming is only on the outskirts of the path, so we only saw 2/3 of the sun disappear for 5 minutes, but it was still quite special. Armed with clip-on sunglasses clipped to my prescription sunglasses and through a net curtain I watched the sun gradually get eaten up. Yet as I type this, I still have spots floating in front of my eyes (maybe three layers of sunglasses would have been better?). The power of the sun!
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