Here in the United States, we were treated this week to a solar eclipse. The viewing path of the eclipse started in Salem, Oregon, and continued in a southeastern descent to finish in Charleston, South Carolina.
At DNN headquarters in San Mateo, California, we experienced a partial eclipse. Many of us watched the live stream from the NASA website. Others went outside to the sidewalk or parking lot, to experience the event with eclipse glasses, or homemade viewing devices (e.g. cereal boxes with aluminum foil).
Team Langley Used a Frisbee
Our Langley, British Columbia office houses our Engineering, Customer Support and Customer Success teams. They created a makeshift viewing device by poking a small hole into a yellow Frisbee. Photos via Chad Weiss:
Team Australia Was In Flight ✈️
Bruce Chapman, our lone employee in Australia, was flying to our Langley office when the eclipse happened. He made an eclipse viewer with a coffee receipt and a pen, and projected the eclipse onto the tray table. He also viewed the eclipse via another passenger’s eclipse glasses, but couldn't get a photo through the glasses to work
Volunteering with the Civil Air Patrol
Nathan Rover is part of our Engineering team. Nathan describes his experience:
"I spent the entire eclipse weekend down in Muhlenberg, Kentucky, which is in the southwestern part of the state. I'm a volunteer with the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), which is the official civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force.
One of CAP's missions it to assist with search, rescue and emergency management. For this mission, I was assigned to a three-man aircrew as an aerial photographer. Over the weekend, I participated in seven sorties. Half of them were route searches along major highways in the area, looking for accidents and potential traffic issues.
Pictured: Group photo of the Civil Air Patrol. Nathan Rover is second from the left.
The other sorties were aerial reconnaissance, where I would photograph and report on the size of some of the larger gatherings. When it was time for the actual eclipse, all aircrews were sent back to the airport for safety, so we had a wonderful opportunity to see the eclipse at totality."
Experiencing Totality in Oregon
Eleanor Tesoro, a technical writer on our Product team, made the drive from the Bay Area to Oregon. Here are the details via Eleanor:
"I parked on the side of the US 26 highway, just a few miles southeast of Madras, Oregon. Seeing the moon's shadow over the sun through the eclipse glasses was nice, but seeing the corona and the diamond ring effect with my bare eyes literally made me gasp. The whole experience was breathtaking and surreal. The two minutes went by too quickly."