On Artificially Creating Solar Eclipses

Authors: Dhananjay P. Mehendale

In this paper we inform about the partial solar eclipse we created artificially. It aims at inviting those who are interested in the study of solar eclipses to set up their own laboratory to artificially create and study solar eclipses at any time of the day and at any convenient spot on the earth. Anybody interested in the study of solar eclipses can setup his laboratory without much expenditure. What essentially required is a small piece of land exposed to sunlight to arrange the equipment and equipment consists of a telescope, some spherical objects of appropriate size, a mechanical arrangement to hold and move a chosen spherical object at hand, appropriate filters to protect eyes, and a good camera to take photographs of artificially eclipsed sun We report here about our initial efforts done regarding artificially creating solar eclipse of any kind. We provide towards the end of the paper two sample photographs of artificially created partial solar eclipse taken using orange fruit in the role of moon and a photograph of naturally occurred partial solar eclipse for the sake of demonstrating their similarity. We propose here a way to artificially create eclipses of all types, namely, total, partial, or annular in the laboratory at our will. We discuss how to create solar eclipses at any location on earth at any daytime and at any location of the sun on its daytime trajectory. These eclipses formed artificially will be same in every respect to naturally occurring eclipses due to perfect alignment of earth, moon, and sun along a straight line. The only difference in naturally occurring solar eclipses and artificially created solar eclipses lies in replacing the moon by any spherical body of appropriate size to work as artificial moon to obstruct sunrays to form solar eclipses artificially. We may use any spherical body in place of moon, which has diameter matching with the diameter of parallel sun beam entering the telescope, to hide the real image of the sun by this artificial moon.

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[v1] 23 Nov 2011

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