03/2006 EAAS Members View The Eclipse Print
Also check out the Armagh Eclipse report

On Wednesday 29th March 2006, the Moon passed in front of the Sun as millions watched from around the world on the TV and internet and thousands congregated in Libya, Egypt and Turkey for the ultimate sky show. The eclipse started early in Brazil and swept across the Atlantic, finishing in Mongolia. As the temperature dropped and the sky darkened, crowds looked skywards and shouted and clapped as the eclipse swept above.

EAAS member, Paul Evans captured this spectacular image of the Sun’s corona during totality in Manavgat, Antalya, Turkey and posted it to our forum from Turkey!

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New EAAS member, Veronica Kelly observed this from her office and Martin Campbell observed from Dungannon.

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“Caught the eclipse this morning under almost perfect conditions from Dungannon using a Canon 20Da at ISO100 and exposure of 1/200 sec on my Takahashi 5" refractor operating at F/6.Martin Campbell”.

Eclipse by Martin Campbell

From Maghera, Conor McDonald, Martin McKenna and Mark Stronge observed the partial eclipse from clear skies. “Great images everyone! The eclipse was excellent and the sky was blue until about 2mins before the eclipse ended. I observed through the binos, naked eye, scope and sunglasses. I projected the image on to a piece on paper inside a card board box which turned out great. When I took the box away the eclipse was projected onto the roof of my garage which was lovely to sit and watch. I could see the sun’s motion moving across the ceiling. Conor”.

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Mark Stronge went for the more unusual approach – why have one eclipsed Sun when you can have two ?!!

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Robert Cobain from Bangor got this detailed image below showing the 3 sunspots which appeared on the limb the day before the eclipse.

Eclipse by Robert Cobain, Bangor

John McConnell got this beautiful series of images using his Meade ETX 90mm with a Thousand Oaks glass solar filter handholding his camera to a 26mm eyepiece.

Eclipse by John McConnell

Congratulations go to John McConnell FRAS for getting 2 images of the eclipse and sunspots on to the NASA Space Weather website in one day – a first for the EAAS. Below are the beautiful sunspot groups of 865 and 866 as they appeared round the limb. This image was taken with a Meade ETX90mm and a Philips ToUcam Pro.

Congratulations to all who have been able to send in the images to the EAAS website and forum. Our EAAS members in Turkey will give a full report on the eclipse at our next meeting.

Astronauts on board the International Space Station got to see the eclipse from a unique perspective: from space. They saw the Moon obscure the Sun, but they could also see the Moon's shadow darkening the Earth below them. Astronaut Jeffrey Williams said the reaction to the eclipse on the day of the launch of the 13th crew of the International Space Station reminds "all of us who work in the space exploration program just what our purpose is, for discovery and exploration, and understanding the unknown."

He said such phenomena have, throughout history, inspired people to explore and discover, "to understand why things like that happen."

 

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