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Solar Eclipse 20 March 2015

  1. Mar 19, 2015 #1

    Garth

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    Just to let everyone know here in the UK we are waiting expectantly for the Solar Eclipse tomorrow morning - max at around 9.30am.

    98% coverage in the north of Scotland and the Orkneys, Hebrides and Shetland islands, 85% down here in the south.

    The totality shadow crosses from the North Atlantic, to the Faroes Islands and over to Svalbard, north of Norway.

    As the Moon is at or very near perigee this will a particularly long eclipse 2 mins 47 secs east of the Faroes.

    It is also the Spring Equinox so we are expecting very high tides as well.

    Garth
     
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  3. Mar 19, 2015 #2

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    Thanks - too late to book at trip to the Faroes now but that must be pretty nice (weather permitting*). UK and Scandinavia are more favored this time than us southerners :)

    * Ah, 7°C, some showers according to one forecast for tomorrow morning. Hope it clears up for those who are there.
     
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  4. Mar 19, 2015 #3

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    Taking the day off work to view, weather forecast does look a bit dodgy, but hopefully will see more than we did back in 1999.
     
  5. Mar 19, 2015 #4

    davenn

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    good luck guys :)
     
  6. Mar 20, 2015 #5
    I think it's 95% coverage here in South Sweden, I will try to take some photos (but I've got crappy equipment, so it will be a challenge :biggrin:)...it's just three hours away now...:smile:
     
  7. Mar 20, 2015 #6

    Garth

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    Eclipse just started down in Cornwall, 8/8ths cloud here in Kent - typical!! :H

    The good news has been great astronomy and eclipse interest on TV, three nights of 'Stargazing Live', Prof Brian Cox, Buzz Aldrin and many others!!:smile:

    Garth
     
  8. Mar 20, 2015 #7
    Well, it has passed us... it was very cloudy over here...but...luckily...it was bright enough for me to manage to snap a bunch of photos through the clouds where the eclipse could be seen. The photos are probably far from spectacular, but I will look them through and probably share a couple of them in this thread.
     
  9. Mar 20, 2015 #8

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    Here it has almost come and gone!

    A grey sky went even gloomier for a few minutes, thankfully we were able to watch great coverage on TV 'Stagazing Live' eclipse special including totality from the air over the Faroes.

    Presenter Liz Bonnin had the best view above cloud level over the Faroes in a solar telescope equipped aircraft.

    Bailey's Beads visible, corona and prominences, one particularly prominent and the diamond ring.

    Down on the ground in the Faroes it was cloudy - so if you didn't book your flight you didn't miss much except a startling and sudden darkness.

    Ah well - USA 21st Aug 2017 and Egypt in 2nd Aug 2027, almost 6 1/2 minutes.
     
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  11. Mar 20, 2015 #10

    Garth

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    Well done Dennis! - my sky was cloudier than yours, I could post a picture of grey - but it would be , well just grey.....

    Garth
     
  12. Mar 20, 2015 #11
    Thanks :smile:

    Too bad... :frown: I did not expect to get any shots of it, I was just out to try to capture light differences, but I noticed it started to shine through just when the eclipse was at maximum here (approximately).
     
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  14. Mar 22, 2015 #13

    Garth

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    Metallman where were you for the eclipse?

    Here in the SE of England (85% max. coverage) the grey sky turned noticeably gloomier at 9.30 - 35 am, but only as if a particularly thick cloud had passed over.

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  15. Mar 23, 2015 #14

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    Managed to view through the clouds from North Yorkshire (90% max coverage), gloomy skies too, unfortunately my attempts at photography failed.
     
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