MY SOLAR ECLIPSE EXPERIENCE HISTORY 2019-01-11T15:13:11+00:00

MY SOLAR ECLIPSE EXPERIENCE HISTORY

BY PAUL D. MALEY

The following is list of the solar eclipses that I have attempted.  The formal Ring of Fire Expeditions number is listed in the column to the right. At the urging of colleagues I am now including partial eclipses.  Many annular and total eclipses were observed from the edge where Baily’s Beads science was attempted.   The ‘eclipse type’ below is the type of eclipse seen where I ended up for the observation. For example, if the eclipse was supposed to be total and I was not able to get to the zone of totality, I attempted observation as close as I could get to the location of totality. In that case I would list it as partial.  Reaching the zone of totality or annularity was especially difficult in my early years where I was not able to afford travel and even during my working years.  “Location Observed” is the name of the closest town that I was able to get to at the time. The NASA Johnson Space Center Astronomical Society eclipse team is represented by the Texas flag. If you see this flag at an eclipse, it is probably RING OF FIRE EXPEDITIONS.

Many people travel to observe total solar eclipses, I, on the other hand will go to almost any solar eclipse.  Here is the first of 4 consecutive partial solar eclipses. The first one on February 15, 2018 was to the top of the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Santiago, Chile.

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

The roof of the Courtyard Hotel, Santiago, Chile………………………………..Partial eclipse photo taken with 80mm Takahashi FS-60 (P. Maley photo)

Below is a result of the partial eclipse on July 13, 2018 when I traveled to Melbourne, Australia just to photograph a mere 2.3% of the Sun being covered by the Moon.  We met up with fellow eclipse chasers Paul Stewart and Ann Bullen and observed from town after moving around to avoid potential big cloud banks. It did cloud over after the end of the eclipse!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Observing at South Camberwell Uniting Church, Melbourne, AU  (P. Stewart photo)………………Eclipse maximum at 1.23pm EST July 13, 2018. (P. Maley photo)

A third example was on August 11, 2018 in Jessheim, Norway with another partial eclipse that covered about 5% of the Sun at maximum.  Here we got very lucky again. Forecasts were terrible and there were a few high clouds at the start of the eclipse but they cleared off for the remainder only to return after the Sun had regained it full brilliance. Following that, the Sun was not clearly visible for the rest of the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Near Oslo, Norway airport…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..Maximum eclipse shot (P. Maley photo)

My 4th partial solar eclipse in a row was observed on January 6, 2019 from Seoul, South Korea from Yong-ma-ru Park 6 miles from Incheon Airport.  In all cases an 80mm Takahashi scope was used for photography. In the image below, ISO400 at 1/2000 sec.  To illustrate how innocuous this eclipse was, a couple of runners and one person pushing a walker were the only ones out and none of them noticed the eclipse.  One person did stop and stare at us foreigners and Lynn let him look through a welder’s glass at the Sun. He did not appear impressed but continued to stare at us.  We never saw any other foreigners in the area during our 36 hours in Seoul.  Photos of me were taken by Lynn Palmer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clear, bright sky near Incheon Airport, Seoul, Korea………………………………………………….Maximum coverage 36%; ISO400, 1/2000 sec. (P. Maley photo)

Ring of Fire Expeditions

NUMBERDATEECLIPSE TYPELOCATION OBSERVEDROFE#
19/20/60PARTIALLOS ANGELES, CA USA
27/20/63PARTIALSAN ANTONIO, TX USA
35/9/67PARTIALEDINBURG, TX USA
49/11/69PARTIALHOUSTON, TX USA
53/7/70TOTALVALDOSTA, GA USA1
62/25/71PARTIALPARIS, FRANCE
77/10/72TOTALCAP CHAT, QUEBEC, CANADA2
812/24/73ANNULARACAPULCO, MEXICO3
912/13/74PARTIALHOUSTON, TX USA
105/11/75PARTIALATHENS, GREECE
1110/12/77TOTALLAKE GUATAVITA, COLOMBIA4
122/26/79TOTALLAKE WINNIPEG, CANADA5
132/16/80TOTALKENYA6
148/10/80PARTIALHOUSTON, TX USA
157/20/82PARTIALLONDON, UK
166/11/83TOTALBANGIL, JAVA, INDONESIA7
175/30/84TOTAL-ANNULARATLANTA, GA USA8
1811/22/84TOTALKWIKILA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA9
195/19/85PARTIALANCHORAGE, AK USA
2010/3/86PARTIALHOUSTON, TX USA
213/29/87TOTAL-ANNULARLIBREVILLE, GABON10
229/23/87ANNULARTAIYUAN, CHINA11
233/7/89PARTIALSCOTTSDALE, AZ USA
247/22/90PARTIALHONOLULU, HI USA
251/15/91ANNULARNORTH ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND12
267/11/91TOTALSANTIAGO IXCUINTLA, MEXICO13
271/4/92ANNULAROTTA ISLAND, TRUK14
285/21/93PARTIALPHOENIX, AZ USA
295/10/94ANNULARLENEXA, KS USA15
3011/3/94TOTALTACNA, PERU16
314/29/95ANNULARPUINAHUA, PERU17
3210/24/95TOTALPINAHAT, INDIA18
3310/12/96PARTIALLONDON, UK
343/9/97TOTALDARHAN, MONGOLIA19
352/26/98TOTALWESTPUNKT, CURACAO20
368/22/98ANNULARJOHORE BARU, MALAYSIA21
372/16/99ANNULARPERTH, AUSTRALIA22
388/11/99TOTALBATMAN, TURKEY23
397/31/00PARTIALANCHORAGE, AK USA
4012/25/00PARTIALHOUSTON, TX USA
416/21/01TOTALLUSAKA, ZAMBIA24
4212/14/01ANNULARPUNTA ARENAS, COSTA RICA25
436/10/02ANNULARTINIAN, MARIANAS ISLANDS26
4412/4/02TOTALCHIBUTO, MOZAMBIQUE27
455/31/03ANNULAROLAFSFJORDUR, ICELAND28
4611/23/03TOTALANTARCTICA29
4710/14/04PARTIALANCHORAGE, AK
484/8/05ANNULARPENONEME, PANAMA30
4910/3/05ANNULARALGIERS, ALGERIA31
503/29/06TOTALJALU, LIBYA32
519/22/06ANNULARKOUROU, FRENCH GUIANA33
523/19/07PARTIALBETHEL, AK
538/1/08TOTALDUNHUANG, CHINA34
541/26/09ANNULARKEELING ISLANDS35
557/22/09TOTALWUHAN, CHINA36
561/15/10ANNULARGULU, UGANDA37
577/11/10TOTALHIKUERU, FRENCH POLYNESIA38
581/4/11PARTIALLONDON, UK
596/1/11PARTIALLONDON, UK
605/21/12ANNULARTOKYO, JAPAN
(& SPRINGDALE, UTAH)
39
6111/14/12TOTALMOUNT CARBINE, AUSTRALIA40
625/10/13ANNULARTARAWA, KIRIBATI41
6311/3/13TOTALATLANTIC OCEAN42
6410/23/14PARTIALCHURCHILL, CANADA
653/20/15TOTALSVALBARD, NORWAY43
663/9/16TOTALPACIFIC OCEAN, MICRONESIA44
679/1/16ANNULARIYAI, TANZANIA45
682/26/17ANNULARVILLA SIMPSON, CHILE46
698/21/17TOTALGRAND ISLAND, NEBRASKA, USA47
702/15/18PARTIALSANTIAGO, CHILE
717/13/18PARTIALMELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
728/11/18PARTIALJESSHEIM, NORWAY
731/6/19PARTIALSEOUL, SOUTH KOREA