...not being able to quell my curiosity, I eventually went into the garage and got out my
welder's mask. It'd been in there age's since I last used it, and finally finding it, I had
to clean off the mask, and simple opted to remove the glass piece ((a #10 welder's glass)) and
was back outside by around 2:45PM to then view the Sun directly with this viewing aid.
I was astounded at what I saw>>>there is "something" between us ((Earth)) and the Sun, and it
is rather large in appearance, and has a lot of smaller "stuff" around it, along with what I'm
assuming is a large dust cloud of whatever origins. It is very difficult to see even with a
#10 welder's glass, and you have to tilt the glass a little from direct perpendicular viewing
till it snaps into focus...when it does...you'll be amazed!
As far as relative size...here goes as to my estimation>>>taking the Sun to be the reference
circle, I'd say the object viewed is about the size of maybe 1/100th (+ or -) of the Sun's size, with the large dust cloud (what was visable by me) being maybe 10 times as large, thus
given it at approximately 1/10th the size of the Sun. The smaller swarm of objects were a lot
less in size and most difficult to estimate their relative size...they were small is how I'll
put it. After about 5 minute's of viewing, I gave up further viewing as I don't want to do
any damnage to my eyes. If you do decide to look...be sure that you do so with the utmost in
eye-protection...a #10 welder's glass is what I used...maybe there is something else that'll
do as well?
Anyway, if there is time yet today, please take a look-see and report what you saw too!
My next door neighbor also came over as he saw we doing this, and of course, I explained it all to him...he too saw the same thing and helped me come up with relative sizing. So, I say
this so you'll know this isn't some hoax. Check it out for yourselves. Then, let's find out
what in the heck it is all about!