Disk Animations

Partial Eclipse of the Sun, 1st August 2008

A partial eclipse of the Sun was observed from Chelmsford, UK on Friday 1st August 2008. The eclipse occured from 08h 33m UT to 10h 04m. The maximum of the eclipse was at 09h 18m when 22% of the Sun was obscured by the Moon. There was no noticable change in light levels during the eclipse. Various stages of the eclipse are shown below (no sunspot were visible). Larger versions of the disk drawings below are available here.


 
   

 

Total Eclipse of the Sun, 29th March 2006

A total eclipse of the Sun was seen from near Side in south Turkey on Wednesday 29th March 2006. The partial phase (1st contact) began at 09h 39m UT with totality beginning (2nd contact) at 10h 55m UT. The duration of totality at this location was predicted to be 3m 45s. Totality ended (3rd contact) at 10h 59m UT with the end of the partial phase (4th contact) at 12h 14m UT. Local time was 3 hours ahead of UT (including 1 hour for summer time). More details about the eclipse can be found in a presentation prepared for one of the tours organised by Ancient World Tours.

The image below of totality does not convey what could be seen with the naked eye or binoculars - a total eclipse of the Sun must be witnessed first hand to fully enjoy this celestial wonder! Larger versions of the images below are available here.

 

The hotel and beach on eclipse morning

Our observing site: the partial phase had begun

 

Cresent shapes cast on the ground by a bush

My shadow: left side fuzzy, right side sharp

 

Cresent shapes on the ground

Asymetric shadows and cresents from a palm

 

Totality! (10h 57m UT)

Cresent shapes on the ground

 

NASA Eclipse Team in Side

NASA Eclipse Team in Side (detail)

 

Sunset on the evening before the eclipse

Sunset on 31st March 2006

Partial Eclipse of the Sun, 3rd October 2005

A partial eclipse of the Sun was observed from Chelmsford, UK on Monday 3rd October 2005. The eclipse was observed from 08h 40m UT to the end of the eclipse at 10h 20m. The maximum of the eclipse was at about 09h 00m when about 65% of the Sun was obscured by the Moon. At this time the sky was noticabily darker and light levels reduced. The final stages of the eclipse are shown below (the sunspot were drawn at 10h 00m). Larger versions of the disk drawings below are available here.

 
   
 

Last updated on 10 April 2006.