Sunday, 29 March 2015

March 2015 Total Solar Eclipse

It was a success for many, a dismal failure for others. Reports have been appearing in various locations - the SEML (Solar Eclipse Mailing List - a group in Yahoo), on FaceBook, and Eclipse-Chasers.Com

Here is a list of who saw the eclipse and their recorded observations.

Successes were seen on the frozen landscape of Svalbard in northern Norway while clouds frustrated chasers who had gone to more temperate Faroe Islands. In the air there were at least half a dozen eclipse flights and most reported success. Aircraft that took off in humid conditions did have some windows fog and ice over as has happened on past eclipse flights.

Modern cameras continue to produce improved eclipse images as well. Small portable Go Pro type cameras provided amazing video of the shadow crossing the sky and landscape while digital cameras take your breath away with details of the inner corona and prominences. The only issues reported were the extreme cold of Svalbard draining batteries and causing automatic focus devices to fail. This was to be somewhat expected given the weather conditions.

Next year things should be a lot easier as the eclipse occurs in the tropical areas when crossing land. (Once again, the majority of the eclipse path falls over the sea.) Click here for more details concerning TSE2016.

Clear sky!

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