Total Solar Eclipse 2nd July 2019

5 months 1 day ago #107716 by flt158
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Good evening to everyone who is interested in the Total Solar Eclipse which will occur on 2nd July 2019.
My wife and I will be travelling to western Argentina.
It will be my 11th TSE and Valerie's 9th.
Between us that means we will have seen 20 Total Solar Eclipses between us.
I often ask myself: will this be the last one?
However, we will be travelling with Astro Eclipse from Sunday 23rd June in London.
From there, we fly to Madrid; and then onto Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
We shall see both sides of the Iguazo waterfalls - from Brazil first, then from the other side from Argentina. They are the widest in the world!
We fly to Buenos Aires on 28th June.
Then we fly to San Juan Province on 30th June.
Eclipse day is 2 days later (2nd July) near a small town called Bella Vista.

After that, we spend 2 days in Chile to the capital Santiago.
On 5th July we start the long trek home.
Then we start to recover from the dreaded jet lag!
That might not be too bad. There are 4 hours difference between Argentina and Ireland.

Our equipment:

We already have our eclipse glasses.
We have Mylar filters for our binoculars.
As ever, my binos are my Meade 9X63's.
And I do have a tripod.

Weather conditions:

The winds are light in Bella Vista - highest 10 mph.
Temperatures are now 15 degrees Celsius in the mid afternoon.
Clear skies seem to be guaranteed for the Eclipse day.
clearoutside.com has provided me with all the important information over the last 2 weeks.
I have been checking with the BBC satellite imagery website also.

If anyone wishes to check in on www.cloudynights.com for further posts, you are very welcome to do so.
There are 2 posts -one in Chile and the other in Argentina under the heading Solar Observing.
I am sorry to say I do not know of any other Irish people who are travelling for this TSE in Argentina.
I have just met with one individual who is going to Chile.
But you never know who we will meet when we are in the vast country of Argentina.

Any questions or comments are very welcome before Saturday night 22nd June.

Thank you from Aubrey.
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5 months 1 day ago #107717 by Fermidox
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Fantastic write-up Aubrey, very best of luck for clear weather and safe travelling. 11 TSEs qualifies you as a true ecliptomaniac!

Looking forward to your report when you return.

Finbarr.
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5 months 20 hours ago - 5 months 20 hours ago #107718 by flt158
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Thank you, Finbarr.
Those are very pleasant comments from you.
There is a You Tube video on Cloudy Nights showing the area where we will most likely view the eclipse.
And there is barely a cloud in the sky with the Sun beaming down at magnitude -26.7.  
I am hoping it will stay that way for July 2nd.

Aubrey.
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5 months 20 hours ago #107719 by Paul Evans
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Good Luck Aubrey, I hope you have a fantastic trip! Look forward to hearing all about it on your return.

Cheers,

Paul.

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5 months 18 hours ago #107720 by flt158
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Thank you, Paul.
I very much enjoyed your recent talk at Solarfest.
I sincerely hope that you and your wife will observe a 3rd Total Solar Eclipse in the not too distant future.

Kindest regards,

Aubrey.

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4 months 2 weeks ago #107723 by Fermidox
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4 months 1 week ago #107725 by flt158
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Hello, everybody.

I am finally sitting down on my computer chair to describe my entire visual experience of the Total Solar Eclipse which my Heavenly Father through my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ permitted me to observe with my Meade 9X63 binoculars on a Jessup tripod.

I am finding extremely difficult to believe that the Total Solar Eclipse of July 2nd 2019 is my 11th!!

(I thought 10 was enough).

Plus it is my wife's 9th Total Solar Eclipse.

How many Irish girls can say they have seen so many?

Between the 2 of us we have seen 20 Total Solar Eclipses.

How mind-bending is that??

We have visited 6 continents: Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, North America, and now, South America.

By the way, as my wife regularly has sinus problems in winter, we will NOT be going to Antarctica in a 2 years time -or whenever it is.

So here is my full report. Please note all times below are local Argentinian times

We travelled to Rodeo, San Juan Province in north west Argentina by coach.

We went through Bella Vista which is a very tiny village mid morning on July 2nd.

We were 1700 metres above sea level.

There were at least 3 marquess in quite a large field about 10 minutes beyond the village with about 500 people gathered altogether.

The sky was 100% clear all the time apart from some very small fast moving thin clouds when we arrived.

They were completely gone after 30 minutes.

The sky was very blue all around.

Everyone was provided with excellent Eclipse Glasses.

The Andes mountains were directly in front of us in the west. They had a small amount of snow on top of them. How perfect is that?

After an hour, I thought it might be a good idea to set up my Meade 9X63 binoculars and fit the Mylar filters on both lenses.

Straight away, I discovered there were no sunspots, unlike Wyoming in 2017. Naught, zero, 0, zilch, none whatsoever!

So I was beginning to ask the question: what will the corona look like?

I had no idea! All my previous eclipses had some sunspots at least.

At 16.25 local time, 1st contact occurred in my binoculars. The Moon was touching the Sun at the 7 o'clock position.

Soon after that was visible with my own eyes.

At 17.10, the Sun was 50% covered my Luna.

At 17.30, the Crescent Sun was truly spectacular to behold.

Daytime temperatures began to plummet from 21 degrees down to 12 degrees Celsius.

At 17.35, the minuscule wind speed completely died, and it became cold.

At 17.37, someone called out: "Shadow Bands!" which I had never seen before.

At 17.39, I observed a very short Diamond Ring at 1 o'clock after the briefest appearance of Baily's Beads.

1 second later, the Corona!!

Immediately I am overwhelmed by the huge corona streamers at 1 and 7 o'clock.

Through my Meade 9X63's, I counted 4 gloriously red solar prominences!

Their positions were 12, 6, 9 and 8 o'clock.

2 minutes 30.5 minutes is long time -okay!

Don't let anyone bluff you!

To stare at something for anything over one minute is long -right!

2 minutes 30 seconds is perfectly adequate to observe a Total Solar Eclipse.

Totality ended at 17.42.

The 2nd Diamond Ring was also very brief. About 1 second.

On went the eclipse glasses again.

(I greatly admire partial solar eclipses.)

I refused to check out Jupiter, Venus, Sirius or any other star-like object.

It's Luna and Sol for me 100% of the time.

One final thing I must mention is the Lunar Shadow Cone.

It was so intensely beautiful during totality.

And so low in the western sky below the totally eclipsed Sun.

It's great to be home again sharing with so many friends my amazing observation for this Total Solar Eclipse.

Clear skies,

Aubrey.
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4 months 1 week ago #107726 by Fermidox
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Many thanks for that in-depth report Aubrey, glad you had such a successful trip. We were watching footage from the La Silla Observatory, I presume the first TSE visible since the construction of those great telescopes. Perfect skies there also, but less whooping and hollering from the knowing staff than you would normally get at an eclipse site!

Maybe you will miss out on Antarctica but no doubt you plan to be in the US for 2024.

All the best,
Finbarr.
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4 months 1 week ago #107727 by flt158
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Thank you, Fermi. 

I should have informed you that I did watch that very good video last Saturday night.
It is a truly excellent video.

And yes, It does look like I will travel to USA for the next one.
I have not looked into that at all just yet.

There is a enormously difficult partial lunar eclipse very soon.
If I do see it, it will be my very 1st time to observe 3 eclipses in 1 year!
And that will be the highest honour.

Clear skies from Aubrey.
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