This was the first total eclipse to be visible from mainland UK since 1927, with the path of totality crossing Cornwall before heading on to France and ultimately ending in the Indian Ocean. Cloud cover hindered many people who travelled to the south west, but mainland Europe was lucker, as I am privileged to report.
|Report from Le Havre||Julian Taylor|
|Link to NASA Eclipse 99|
|Link to NASA / Goddard Space Flight Centre for eclipse track and parameters|
|Link to Hermit|
A total eclipse with a short totality, starting west of Africa, crossing the southern Indian Ocean, and ending in Australia. I used this as an excuse to go down under, and caught the eclipse in the Outback just before sunset. Totality was only 26 seconds but it, and the Outback adventure to see it, was unforgettable.
|Report from Lyndhurst, South Australia||Julian Taylor|
|Link to Fred Espenak / NASA Eclipse 2002|
|Link to Astronomy Association of South Australia|
A highly unusual annular eclipse, in which the shadow comes over the north pole of the Earth and just clips the Earth in a track between northern Scotland and Greenland. The Moon is too far away to cover the Sun completely on this occasion, but the Ring of Fire that is the uneclipsed ring (or annulus) of the sun potentially makes a spectacular sight as it is just rising above the NE horizon.
|Report from the Orkney Islands, north of Scotland||Julian Taylor|
|Pictures from Talmine, northern Scotland - success... just!||Yannick Blin & Isabelle Rapin|
|Link to Fred Espenak / NASA Annular Eclipse 2003|
|Britain's Annular Solar Eclipse by Sheridan Williams|
A more conventional eclipse with a track running from the Atlantic to Indian Oceans, conveniently crossing Portugal and Spain. After being clouded out in the Orkneys, a total success this time!
|Report from Oliva, Spain||Julian Taylor|
|Link to Fred Espenak / NASA Annular Eclipse 2005|
A long duration eclipse with a track starting in Brazil and heading north east across west and north Africa, across the Mediterranean and Turkey and ending in central Russia. A stunning success as a party of us headed for Libya and the clear desert skies of the Sahara. It was an eclipse and a holiday to remember!
|Report from Jalu, Libya||Julian Taylor|
|Journal of 3 weeks in Libya (or straight to Eclipse Day - 29 Mar 2006)||Julian Taylor|
|Eclipse pictures||Frederic Pertuisot|
|Southern Comets Homepage - travelled from Australia to see the event||Michael Mattiazzo|
|Poisaya - a short hop from France to see the event||Yannick Blin & Isabelle Rapin|
|Link to Fred Espenak / NASA Total Eclipse 2006|
Unable to make it to Russia or Mongolia, this time we had to make do with a partial eclipse from Iceland. Only partial success owing to clouds, but nonetheless an excellent visit to the land of fire and ice.
|Report from Reykjavik, Iceland||Julian Taylor|
|Where we could have been: Report from Mongolia||Mike Mattiazzo|
|Link to Fred Espenak 2008 Total Solar Eclipse|
|Link to NASA / Goddard Space Flight Centre for forthcoming eclipses|
|Link to Hermit for forthcoming eclipses and the science behind them|