Friday, August 3rd

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About Sheridan Williams

 

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About Jörg Schoppmeyer

Jörg was born on May 9, 1966. After the eclipse May 30, 1984 he started computer programming to have predictions for future eclipse. Programming was very easy for him so from 1986-1992 he studied computer science with a focus on compiler building and massive parallel algorithms on transputer cpu's. Since 1992 he works for kühn&weyh Software GmbH (k&w) , a typical German medium-sized business. k&w is a software producer for enterprise output management solutions (OMS) , the headquarter is in Freiburg, Germany and they have a branch in Pilsen, Czech Republic. Since many years Jörg is part owner, CEO and Head of Development at k&w.

Jörg is addicted to astronomy and an eclipse chaser since 1976. His first real expedition was for the annular eclipse May 30, 1984, which he observed successfully at sunset in Morocco. Since then he has observed 49 solar eclipses, 16 total,15 annular and 18 partial eclipses. He also observed 31 total and 11 partial lunar eclipses. For 18 years from June 2001 to February 2018 Jörg observed respectively traveled for every solar and every umbral lunar eclipse. This series was interrupted by the solar eclipse July 1, 2011 which was only observed by satellites.

With a very few exceptions all travel is organized by himself and "payed" with miles and points (frequent flyer miles). In 2012 he made a self-organized round the world tour for a solar eclipse, a lunar eclipse and the venus transit. Involved were 4 airlines and altogether 800.000 points were burned for this once in a lifetime journey.

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About Stephan Heinsius

Fascinated by the view to the sky since childhood days and having seen a partial solar eclipse 1976 at the age of 12 I now travel since 20 years to observe solar eclipses all over the world. My first view to totality was in 1998 on the island of Guadeloupe. After a rainy total solar eclipse 1999 in Germany I started eclipse chasing, which led me to remote places like the Zambesi valley in Zimbabwe, central Anatolia in Turkey and the Gobi desert in China. My eclipse journeys and expeditions are accompanied by experience reports, photos and videos I present via internet for each of the occasions.

With the professional background of a computer science study I work as a management consultant for companies mainly in the financial services and IT sector for project management and IT security related matters. Applying especially my project management skills to eclipse chasing, lead me to manage an international solar eclipse conference in China 2008 and an eclipse flight adventure over the Atlantic in 2013.
My eclipse experience reports and images can be found on www.eclipseland.com

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The lecture gives insights in planning, preparing, coordinating and experiencing solar eclipse observations from the air. The presentation is based on a flight having been organized by Dirk Ewers and myself to catch the transitional solar eclipse on 3rd November 2013 over the Atlantic Ocean southeast of Bermuda.

At an altitude of 44500 feet a small international group of eclipse chasers observed and photographed phenomena like a ring of chromosphere or multiple diamond ring and bead effects that can only be observed in a zone between total and annular eclipse.

The presentation includes video sequences of the eclipse taken on board. Optionally a report from German ZDF television can be presented which was broadcast on the evening of eclipse day on national news in Germany.

Finally the lecture gives an outlook to upcoming similar eclipse events in the 21st century.

About Kris Delcourte

Kris Delcourte studied Mathematics with a specialization in Astronomy at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium). In 1980, during his promotion year, he travelled with some fellow students to Kenya to observe his first total solar eclipse. This event marked the beginning of his eclipse chasing addiction.
After graduating in Astronomy, he obtained a second master degree in Computer Science. Professionally, he worked for many years in the ICT sector, mostly managing developments of applications related to the Air Traffic Flow Management of Europe as employee of Eurocontrol, the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation. Since 2011, he joined Europe's Air Traffic Management (ATM) research program for the Single European Sky, called SESAR. He was Project Manager of the "Flexible Airspace Management" research project and he currently is Project Manager of the "Optimised Airspace Users Operations" project.

Ever since he witnessed his first eclipse in 1980, Kris became passionate towards this great natural phenomenon and is continuously looking forward to seeing the next total solar eclipse. He has experienced 17 total and 6 annular eclipses.
Since 2009 Kris is leading the working group "Eclipses" from the Belgian amateur astronomy society (called VVS). Kris is also an experienced photographer and graduated in photography after following part-time evening courses from the Academy of Fine Arts in Leuven (Belgium). You can find his works regularly posted at the site: http://www.flickr.com/photos/krisdelcourte/sets/. Since a few years landscape photography is his passion and you will also find that passion back in his search for photogenic eclipse locations.

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Usually the number one criteria (besides the price) to select an eclipse location is the chance for good weather. But how about considering the most photogenic location to put yourself and your camera equipment in the shadow of the Moon?

With a few examples of past eclipses I will take you through some of the most amazing eclipse locations, illustrated with images. We will look at future eclipses and the opportunities this will bring for shooting unique pictures.

About Jean-Luc Dighaye

Jean-Luc Dighaye was born in Liège, Belgium and is pensioner from the European Patent Office. He is an amateur astronomer since 1967.
Until today, he undertook 17 eclipse trips, every time with success.

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Die-hard eclipse chasers are interested in solar eclipses, and in virtually nothing else. By contrast, I consider myself as a more general astronomer. I will present some of my astronomy-related trips, mostly - but not solely - for observing solar eclipses. Questions/answers will be welcome.

About Martine Tlouzeau

Martine, now retired, is a former "Load Master" for Air France at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. She is involved with astronomy since the early 80.
She founded and has been president of the CADRA (Cercle Astronomique pour le Développement des Rencontres entre Amateurs), one of the first social networkin the "French Minitel" virtual space.
Martine saw her first Eclipse in 1994 (ASE1994 from Madera Island) and then Brazil (94), Guadeloupe (98), France (99), Zimbabwe (2001), Costa-Rica (2001), South Africa 2002, Scotland (ASE2003), Egypt (2006), Pacific Cruise (2009) Martine discovered Scuba Diving with her husband Jean-Paul and remains a "Concorde addict".

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It all started in February 1999 during a diving stay on Bonaire Island (Dutch Caribbean). I entered the small Kralendijk post office to buy local stamps for my postcards and I got here my first eclipse stamps. The 1998 Total Solar Eclipse passed over the A B C Islands (Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire), then the Dutch Caribbean administration decided to issue a set of commemorative stamps.

As an eclipse chaser I thought it could be a good idea to collect eclipse stamps. I bought the full set and never stopped searching. It took me around four years to gather about 400 stamps, and Internet was a great help. I discovered that most eclipse chasers do collect eclipse stamps too and how easy it is to swap. Once I gathered all my eclipse stamps, I missed the searching hobby, so I decided to start a new challenge : collect the First Day Covers, maxi cards, souvenir sheets and phone cards…eclipse related!

About Glenn Schneider

Dr. Glenn Schneider is an Astronomer at University of Arizona's Department of Astronomy and Steward Observatory where, since 1994, he served as the Project Instrument Scientist for the Hubble SpaceTelescope's Near Infra-red Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer. He is the Principal Investigator for the EXoplanetary Circumstellar Environments and Disk Explorer (EXCEDE), a MIDEX class Explorer mission concept recently completing a NASA sponsored, technology development and maturation program. His research interests are primarily centered on studying the formation, evolution, architectures, properties, and diversity of extrasolar planetary systems. His studies have led to the direct detection of sub-stellar and planetary mass companions of young and near-by stars and of materials in circumstellar environments from which such systems may arise and interact. In concert with his scientific investigations of circumstellar dust, debris disks, and co-orbital bodies they may harbor, he has played a leading role in the development of very high contrast space-based coronagraphic and near-infrared imaging systems and techniques with space-based assets leading to spatially resolved scattered-light images of the birthplaces of planetary systems. Dr. Schneider is a member of the International Astronomical Union's Working Group on Solar Eclipses with expertise in the high-precision numerical calculation of eclipse circumstances and the application of those computations in planning and carrying out observations of total solar eclipses. For more than four decades, Dr. Schneider has lead expeditionary groups and conducted such observations on land, sea and air of thirty-four total solar eclipses occurring since 7 March 1970 from remote locations across the globe conducting direct, polarimetric, and spectrophotometric imaging programs. In concert, he has executed seven, and planned many more, high-altitude eclipse intercepts with jet aircraft. He has also been deeply engaged in studies of other Solar System "shadow events," including the recent transits of Mercury and Venus as nearby analogs of extra-solar planetary transits. Additional information on his background and research interests may be found at : http://nicmosis.as.arizona.edu:8000.

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"Chasing" the Moon's umbral shadow, or more correctly having it chase you, to observe a total solar eclipse from above the surface of the Earth using a suitable aircraft is not a new idea. Aircraft have been exploited for this purpose, now, for more than a century. Observing from, in particular, high-altitude (flight level circa 12 km) commercial jet aircraft in service today, with ground speeds typically about 830 km/hr, can provide some distinct advantages (when properly executed) over ground-based venues. These include the most obvious incentives of getting above otherwise obscuring cloud cover (i.e., "eclipse insurance"), extending the duration of totality when (as always!) every precious second counts, and observing with pristine clear/dark skies from above 75% or more of the Earth's atmosphere, as among the "top 10" reasons for taking flight. Yet, only a small fraction of umbraphiles have yet availed themselves of such an opportunity, but is something every eclipse chaser should plan to do at least once for a well-chosen TSE. Herein, I review a subset of recent (2015 - 2017) eclipse flights undertaken since SEC 2014 (including the 'inside story' of two back-to-back executed by Alaska Airlines), and discuss flight opportunities and "logistics" for the soon upcoming TSEs 2019, 2020, and 2021.

Saturday, August 4th

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About Terry Cuttle

Terry Cuttle is a retired engineer and keen amateur astronomer and astro photographer with a particular interest in eclipses, comets and other transient phenomena. He has been to 16 total solar eclipses. Terry was heavily involved in planning and preparation for the Total Solar Eclipse in Queensland, Australia in 2012. He was instrumental in the development and implementation of a science education program focussed on eclipses for schools in the State of Queensland prior to the eclipse. He was also very active in assisting government and local and tourism authorities and the media in planning and preparation for that eclipse. He also participated in the American Astronomical Society's planning workshops for the 2017 USA eclipse.

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A science education program focussed on eclipses was implemented for schools in the State of Queensland, Australia prior to the 2012 TSE. Feedback indicated that this was very successful in assisting teachers to include real science into the classroom. A key objective was to stimulate a long term interest in science for students. It also assisted in distributing information and advice about the eclipse to the wider population. A similar program, if implemented at future eclipses is likely to return similar benefits. Terry will describe the Queensland program and its results, discuss some of the related activities implemented for the 2017 USA total eclipse and suggest what could possibly be achieved at future eclipses.

About Bill Kramer

Bill Kramer is a veteran of 17 total solar eclipses. He programmed and now manages the www.eclipse-chasers.com web site where eclipse enthusiasts can provide content, log their observations, and share images. Currently retired and living in Jamaica, Bill and his wife Denise operated a computer consulting company specializing in CAD/CAM and engineering/scientific applications development for several decades.

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What interests an eclipse chaser and what interests the Press is a not always in harmony. The eclipse in America on 21 August 2017 was a widely covered event. Ranging from local news media up to national entertainment venues eclipse experts were sought after commodities. Just what kind of questions did they ask, what kind of answers did they like, and what was the result of all the press coverage? Can we learn anything from how it was handled?

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Do you still have an unanswered question? Now is your time. Ask the panel any sun/eclipse related question.
Participating speakers will soon be announced.

About Michael Zeiler

Michael Zeiler is a geographer and eclipse chaser. He enjoys combining his personal interest in eclipses with his professional skills to make eclipse maps of high cartographic quality. Michael is employed as a product engineer by Esri, the leading provider of GIS software. Michael and his wife Polly White operate the websites greatamericaneclipse.com

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The past masters of eclipse cartography introduced many innovations including perhaps the earliest temporal maps and early thematic mapping. Michael will begin with a quick survey of early remarkable eclipse maps. Then he will display and discuss a selection of modern eclipse maps in several forms; conventional maps, web maps, and animations. Lastly, Michael will preview eclipse mapping projects under way.

About Serge Koutchmy

Position :
Directeur de recherches emeritus at CNRS France and Sorbonne University (Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris, UMR 7095)

Research :
45 Years of activity ; published more than 500 papers and several books in Solar Physics, instrumental and observational astrophysics ; main adviser of 12 PhDs Observed successfuly more than 20 solar total eclipses at ground all around the Word, and also with ships, large telescopes and several times air- borne, including the flight of the Concorde super- sonic jet in 1973.
PI of several Space- borne experiment including an imaging experiment during the flight of the 1st French Cosmonaut in 1982.
Many collaborations in Europe, with the former Soviet Union before 1990, with Iran (several PhD students, with Angola, with Egypt, with China and in USA. Work for 4 Years at the US Air Force best solar observatory of Sacramento Peak in New Mexico for predicting solar perturbations.

Awards :
Medals of the French (CNES) and of the Russian Space Agencies, of the French Academy of Sciences (Janssen Price); Janssen medal of the French Astronomical Society and the French Academy in 1998.

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New experiments were prepared at the occasion of the recent total eclipses (2010- 2017). A short over-view of the results is first given, including i) the so- called solar diameter measurements using multiple light curve records; ii) the light deflection effect using the measurements of stars; iii) High resolution imaging of the coronal structure.

We then concentrate on the coronal aspects giving example of results on the coronal dynamics physics and especially on spectroscopy. The very low layers of the solar atmosphere and the coronal high temperature layers are analyzed using i) the fast slit- less spectroscopy; ii) the deep slit spectroscopy that includes the contribution of the far away dust component poorly studied in Space. Classical and new coronal emission lines and their full profiles are finally discussed.

About Xavier Jubier

Xavier M. Jubier is an engineer and currently works as an IT Manager in a multinational French company outside of Paris. He started to get involved with solar eclipses in the early 90's and now tries to combine three of his passions: solar eclipses, travel and photography.
Xavier is a member of IAU Working Group on Solar Eclipses ( http://www.iau.org/science/scientific_bodies/working_groups/93/). He maintains a website (http://xjubier.free.fr/en/) related to eclipses and has been directly involved in a few world premieres notably in Antarctica or high above the Western Atlantic Ocean on the edge of the Bermuda triangle.
In early 2007, he released the Five Millennium Canon of Solar Eclipses (5MCSE http://xjubier.free.fr/5mcse) web tool to allow the exploration of 11,898 solar eclipses. A simplified version of this tool was later adapted for NASA's website and the same tool was later released for the corresponding 12,064 lunar eclipses (5MCLE http://xjubier.free.fr/5mcle) but also for the Mercury and Venus solar transits (6MCST http://xjubier.free.fr/6mcst). The year after he released Solar Eclipse Maestro (http://xjubier.free.fr/sem) a new software to automatize the photography of solar eclipses and much more, then soon after Lunar Eclipse Maestro (http://xjubier.free.fr/lem) for lunar eclipses and Mercury Venus Transit Maestro for Mercury and Venus Transits (http://xjubier.free.fr/mvtm ). All these tools are widely used by the eclipse chasing community and outside as well.

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When making sub-second eclipse predictions a number of key factors come into play. The last few decades provided us accurate ephemeris, the current decade accurate lunar limb profiles, yet we're still struggling with the size of our Sun, that is the true photospheric solar radius which is used to compute eclipse contact times.
We will see that the true photospheric solar radius is substantially larger than the standard IAU solar radius value used by all eclipse predictions and that amateurs can help make more accurate measurements during total or deep annular solar eclipses.

About Calvin Johnson

Calvin is a member of the Making & Science team at Google, which works to support the making and scientific communities and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. Calvin has been at Google for 7 years in a variety of program management roles and now leads the Making & Science team's citizen science and children's robotics competition programs. August 2017 was Calvin's first total solar eclipse and he now understands what all the fuss is about. 2019 can't come soon enough!

Before Google, Calvin studied biology in college and worked at a children's museum and zoo caring for animals in the zoo and leading science themed summer camps for elementary school kids.

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The 2017 eclipse presented a fantastic opportunity to leverage the excitement of the first total solar eclipse to cross the US in decades into an outreach and scientific opportunity. The Eclipse Megamovie project recruited and trained over a thousand volunteer photographers from across the country and collected 40,000 images of the eclipse. A preview of the dataset was processed and released the day of the eclipse and the full dataset (and source code) has been open sourced and released to the public.

The project was a partnership between Google, UC Berkeley, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, and many others. With complementary skills and experiences, the collaboration between these different members from academia, industry and amateur astronomy networks is what made this project possible. We'll review what went well, what didn't, and how we can bring what we learned and built into future eclipses.

This will be an online presentation.

About Matt Penn

 

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Sunday, August 5th

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About Werner Hamelinck

In 1996, Werner Hamelinck, who is a passionate amateur astronomer since he was 15 years old, started with 2 activitities that would become his fulltime job: he started "Urania Mobiel", a mobile astronomy classroom to visit schools and teach about astronomy, and he founded "Astroreizen", to develop and guide astronomy-related travels all over the world. He organised a first eclips-expedition to observe the 1998 total eclipse with a group of 50 people, in Guadeloupe. Between 1998 and 2017, he organised 31 eclips-trips to 21 solar eclipses (13 total and 8 annular), allowing more then 1000 people to witness totality!

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At the Urania Public Observatory (Volkssterrenwacht Urania), it is our mission to make people enthusiastic for science in general and astronomy in particular. Living in Belgium, where nor the weather, nor the lightpolluted skies are favorable for astronomy, this can be challenging.

Combining premium quality group-travels with the added value of an astronomical event or theme has proven to be a succesfull formula to bring astronomy to the interested public.

Werner will talk about the philosophy behind the Astroreizen-concept, the plan of approach to develop a succelfull astonomy/eclipse tour, the challenges faced and the results achieved.

About Bill Kramer

Bill Kramer is a veteran of 17 total solar eclipses. He programmed and now manages the www.eclipse-chasers.com web site where eclipse enthusiasts can provide content, log their observations, and share images. Currently retired and living in Jamaica, Bill and his wife Denise operated a computer consulting company specializing in CAD/CAM and engineering/scientific applications development for several decades.

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Can a total solar eclipse, with a near perfect size match of the Sun and a moon, be seen anywhere else in the solar system? People often state that total solar eclipses are rare events and are unique to Earth. So the question is just how rare are they? This talk presents the basic process and results of a computerized study involving over 100 known moons in the solar system.

About Nick James

I am an engineer working in Chelmsford UK and I lead a team which is responsible for implementing highly sensitive and accurate systems for receiving and processing signals from deep-space spacecraft. In 2016 my team received the Royal Academy of Engineering Major Team Award for our contribution to the successful cometary rendezvous carried out by the ESA Rosetta spacecraft and its lander Philae and we are now working on the needs of future missions such as JUICE and Euclid.

I am a keen amateur astronomer and have been a member of the British Astronomical Association since I was 12. I am now the Director of its Comet Section and Assistant Editor of The Astronomer Magazine. I have written many articles for magazines and books, and co-authored "Observing Comets" which was published in 2003 as part of Sir Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy series.

I am a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) ambassador and I am particularly keen to encourage more young people to consider science and engineering as a career. I regularly give talks on engineering, space and astronomy to a wide range of audiences ranging from Year 1 primary school children through to advanced astronomers at venues such as the UK's Royal Institution.

In my spare time I enjoy travel, particularly if I can link it to astronomical phenomena. I've been in the umbra 16 times, although two of these were wiped out by weather, and have seen four annular eclipses in good conditions. I have also led small groups to far-flung places to see the northern lights, comets and other interesting objects under dark skies.

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About Petra Vanlommel

Petra Vanlommel started her science carrier in the 90's as a PhD student in helioseismology at KU Leuven. With sound waves she could probe the inner of the Sun. She combined her PhD studies with teaching and tutoring first year university students civil engineering. After finishing her PhD, she started at the Royal Observatory of Belgium where she developed space weather products and services and joined the team of space weather forecasters. Now she is doing the 'science communication and valorisation' for the Solar-Terrestrial Centre of Excellence. She spreads the scientific word and highlights why we should care about solar research and space weather.

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Sporadic and massive eruptions of very high-energy matter and radiation from the Sun can have a pronounced impact on our ability to navigate, communicate and on our energy supplies. In extreme cases, these eruptions pose a safety risk to human health. Crew and passengers on air planes can be subject to solar radiation, astronauts in space receive unhealthy or even lethal doses. This is space weather.
To study and to forecast space weather, we need state-of-the-art-technology to observe the Sun. One of our pearls is the PROBA3 duo-satellite, THE solar eclipse maker. This all is definitely worthwhile talking about it!

About Jay Pasachoff

Jay Pasachoff is a professor of astronomy at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA, and Chair of the Working Group on Solar Eclipses of the International Astronomical Union. At the time of the meeting, he will have seen at least 68 solar eclipses including 34 totals. His research includes studies of the solar corona at eclipses and from spacecraft; the solar chromosphere from ground-based solar telescopes; and the atmospheres of objects in the outer solar system such as Pluto from their occultations of stars. He is coauthor of such recent books ( http://solarcorona.com ) as The Sun (2017); Nearest Star (2014); and The Cosmos (4th ed. 2014; 5th edition in production). His recent eclipse research has been supported in large part by the Committee for Research and Exploration of the National Geographic Society and by the U.S. National Science Foundation. See http://totalsolareclipse.org for photos and links to his past eclipses.

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I discuss the wide range of scientific observations, including imaging and spectroscopy, made by my research/student group and others at recent solar eclipses, including especially totalities in Gabon (2013); Svalbard (2015); Ternate (2016); and Salem, Oregon (2017).

About Marek Zawilski

An advanced amateur astronomer (born in 1948), observer of eclipses and occultations, member of the Polish Association of Amateur Astronomers (since 1972) and International Occultation Timing Association, European Section (IOTA/ES). Other field of interest: history of astronomy,astrophotography.

Retired professor of the Lodz University of Technology.

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People have been observing solar eclipses for centuries, leaving valuable for us records. However, these data are spread among various sources, which are often difficult to be found and interpreted.
The presented catalog represents the effects of the author's several years' work devoted to gathering information about historical observations of solar eclipses. The work is concerned with the region of Europe and the Near East.
At first, the primary purpose of the catalog was to collect observations of solar eclipses that could be useful for testing author's own computer programs. Over time, however, it turned out that the work can be a source of information in many areas of interest, such as:

  • recognition of the structure of the Sun
  • dating historical events
  • investigation of rotation of the Earth and orbital movement of the Moon
  • general development of astronomical knowledge
  • social and cultural aspects
Since 1980s over than 1,100 records on solar eclipse observations of various types have been collected. They cover the period from ancient times until 1905.
Generally speaking, all found records on total and annular solar eclipses were taken into consideration. Partial eclipses were included in the cases when the path of centrality was running through the countries of Europe and the Near East. However, all partial eclipses near the horizon and those with the timed contacts and the maximum phase were included, too. On account of this, the catalog does not include all reports on partial eclipses. Of course, a great number of laconic reports which do not meet the above stated criteria have not been included, either.
Thus, the catalog contains data for the following solar eclipses :
  • total, when the source texts times it beyond any doubts,
  • total, when there is a supposition that the description may reflect exactly such phenomena, or gives other information which allows to arrive at a conclusion as to the phase of the eclipse, e.g. visibility of stars, appearance of unusual darkness, accompanying phenomena (reactions of people and animals, remarking the solar corona and protuberances),
  • partial, when this word is used in relation to the description of a phase,
  • partial, for which the moments of contacts and/or max. phase have been timed,
  • partial, described as the appearance of solar crescent,
  • partial near the horizon,
  • partial, in regions near the path of totality, described as the appearance of a distinct weakening of light.
The major part of the catalog has been prepared on the basis of historical narrative sources, while early reports by astronomers were rather rare. This, of course, has changed over time, and since the end of 17th century, professional observations were prevailing. Several found reports were not published in the known literature sources yet.
Three separate sets of astronomical observations have been distinguished and enclosed at the end of the catalog. They are :
  • a collection of Islamic observations from the years 829-1004,
  • a collection of observations made in West Europe in the 14 th to 17 th century before the aid of telescopes,
  • a collection of the Polish observations from the 16 th century (mainly Nicolaus Copernicus' observations).
The basic part of the catalog includes chronological list of solar eclipses, beginning with the earliest about which a recorded information has been found (i.e. so called Ugarit eclipse), and ending with the last European total eclipse of the pre-telescopic era, in 1605. As it was mentioned earlier, the observations made by astronomers from 1605 till 1614 have been added, too. The first solar eclipse observed with the aid of telescopes was that of 21 May 1621. From that date, the observations made in telescopic times were included into the catalog, too, however, only selected, most important, events in 19 th century.
"The Collection of the Historical Descriptions of Solar Eclipses" containing source texts in their original language, in English and in Polish (optionally), form an independent computer set of texts as a supplement to the catalog. Each entry has been dated and, if it was necessary, an author's comment has been added. "The Collection ... " also contains the list of literature on the subject.
Thus, each line in the catalog has its equivalent in "The Collection …" and the appropriate reference as the literature source is given. It is planned to add maps of central eclipse paths along with the marking of observation sites.
Source texts on historical eclipses are easier or harder to be found on the Internet, but not all of original materials at present are accessible and are to be found in libraries. Since only a part of all written sources are available so far in online collections, the internet archive has to be checked continuously and the catalog has to be supplemented and updated every year.
The whole work is planned for publication soon.

About Terry Cuttle

Terry Cuttle is a retired engineer and keen amateur astronomer and astro photographer with a particular interest in eclipses, comets and other transient phenomena. He has been to 16 total solar eclipses. Terry is an Australian and although he does not live in the path of TSE 2023 in Western Australia, he has been to the area scouting for the eclipse, knows the area well and is familiar with travel in remote Australian areas. Terry was heavily involved in planning and preparation for the Total Solar Eclipse in Queensland, Australia in 2012. Terry plans to survive long enough in good health to experience the five total solar eclipses that will visit Australia between 2023 and 2038.

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Although the TSE of 2023 is a little less than 5 years away there are reasons to start early planning if wanting to visit Australia for this eclipse. The area of North West Cape in the path of totality is quite small, it is in a relatively remote part of Australia and there is limited accommodation. Terry will discuss the circumstances of the Australian portion of the eclipse, describe the local area, potential viewing sites, means of access, accommodation options, local attractions, weather prospects and other issues such as travel in remote areas of Australia.

About Jay Anderson

Jay Anderson is a retired meteorologist, formerly with the Meteorological Service of Canada. He has been studying and writing about the climatology along eclipse tracks since 1978 and has viewed many of them in person with his wife Judy.

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The next three years will bring three total eclipses and as many annulars before we see another Solar Eclipse Conference. Several of these upcoming eclipses will have significant portions of their track over land, across many different climatic zones. This presentation will discuss the climatology along the path of the three total eclipses in detail and give a quick overview of the weather prospects for the annulars. For a few favoured locations, the meteorological prospects will be examined in detail with suggestions for alternative plans if the weather is poor.