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    Posted November 14, 2012 by
    Brisbane, Australia
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Solar eclipse in Australia

    Solar Eclipse in Australia


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     This ingenious hands-on approach to eclipse watching was done by no other than Maj Coop from Brisbane.

    “The x-ray is of my mum's hand. She's been struggling with arthritis in her hand for a while and this x-ray has just been sitting in her car for a few months,” she said.

    “I had seen a variety of different tools people were using to view the eclipse and for some reason this x-ray came to mind and I thought there shouldn't be any reason why this wouldn't work. I thought the neighbours probably thought I was a bit strange holding up this x-ray for a while, but after I while I realised it actually looked quite interesting - like my mother was reaching out to hold the sun in her hand,” added the 29-year-old International Liaison Officer at The University of Queensland. “I've had a fascination with astronomy ever since I was a child, and apart from seeing the Northern Lights in Norway last year, this has been an experience I will never forget!”
    - stinabacker, CNN iReport producer

    Excited to finally see a solar eclipse with my own eyes, I didn't want a lack of appropriate equipment to stop me, so I had to improvise. An old x-ray seemed to do the trick, and although you can't see it in this photo, it was breath-taking to see the partial eclipse in my own backyard!
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