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spaceboy0
2008-Jun-19, 01:50 AM
who's travelling to see this eclipse?

Kaptain K
2008-Jun-19, 02:15 AM
Both Sky & Telescope and Astronomy magazines are hosting tours.

01101001
2008-Jun-19, 03:16 AM
who's travelling to see this eclipse?

That was not the kind of start I was envisioning, when I made my suggestion in Q&A to attract some interest. (Did you look at the examples I suggested?) Why don't you tell folks when this eclipse will be occuring, the time, duration, and where it can be seen? Do you know some links for coverage of the eclipse, like a Wikipedia article, some NASA TV coverage, European ESA coverage? What are some links to coverage of the event in the popular press? What's different about this eclipse? What are the affected governments doing for public education? What do schools have planned?

You must know some of this information from answers in Q&A threads you previously started. Can you summarize here what you've learned? Try to make this topic fulfill a need for any BAUT member who may wish to learn about or discuss the August 1 solar eclipse. Get some traffic. Attract some eyeballs. Then I think you'll get some good discussions going.

Just an idea. You don't have to.

spaceboy0
2008-Jun-19, 04:23 AM
01101001, please go away

01101001
2008-Jun-19, 04:57 AM
01101001, please go away

Sorry. I can stop trying to help you get people involved in a topic that I thought interested you, but I don't plan to just go away from the topic -- unless it stagnates and becomes boring and I see no way to save it.

I like eclipses and enjoy discussing them. I enjoyed the previous eclipse event discussions and anticipate enjoying this one. I hope someone makes a good effort to get it going. I might even.

mcbain
2008-Jun-22, 01:59 AM
A little more info wouldnt go astray.

Is it in the states? Not everyone lives in America people.

frankuitaalst
2008-Jun-22, 05:06 PM
( I hope not being sent away posting this ):lol:...
http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/OH/OH2008.html
gives some info about this topic .
The Russians seem to have an advantage in travelling distance

01101001
2008-Jun-22, 06:11 PM
http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/OH/OH2008.html

And just when I read that, in my very own copy buffer, having just emailed the link to friends, is another NASA page, nearby:

Total Solar Eclipse of 2008 August 01 (http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEmono/TSE2008/TSE2008.html)

I hope that's of use to others who might be interested.

Another good source for getting an outline of the upcoming events is Wikipedia: Solar eclipse of August 1, 2008 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_eclipse_of_2008_August_1).

The animation of the umbra and penumbra moving across the face of the Earth says it all, but in words:


The Solar Eclipse that takes place on August 1, 2008, will be a total eclipse of the Sun with a magnitude of 1.039 that will be visible from a narrow corridor through northern Canada (Nunavut), northern part of Russia, western Mongolia, and China. It belongs to the so-called midnight Sun eclipses, as it will be visible from regions experiencing Midnight sun.

In Siberia, the total eclipse zone will pass through populated places, including the "capital of Siberia" Novosibirsk, and the cities of Nizhnevartovsk, Barnaul, Biysk. Greatest eclipse duration will be reached near the town of Nadym in Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug in Northern Siberia.

A partial eclipse will be seen from the much broader path of the Moon's penumbra, including eastern North America and most of Europe and Asia.

BPCooper
2008-Jun-29, 02:42 AM
A little more info wouldnt go astray.

Is it in the states? Not everyone lives in America people.

The last total eclipse in the US 48 was in 1979 and the next is in 2017.

I will be traveling to see the August 1 eclipse from Siberia.

01101001
2008-Jun-29, 03:37 AM
I will be traveling to see the August 1 eclipse from Siberia.

Whereabouts? Getting any midnight-sun action?

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Some further resources:

Mr. Eclipse: Solar eclipse (http://www.mreclipse.com/MrEclipse.html#Sun) Eclipse information
Exploratorium: Total Solar Eclipse 2008 (http://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse/2008/index.html) Webcast from Xinjiang, close to the Mongolian border
Spaceweather (http://www.spaceweather.com/) has hosted eclipse galleries in the past (eclipse directory (http://www.spaceweather.com/eclipses/))

BPCooper
2008-Jun-29, 03:50 AM
Whereabouts? Getting any midnight-sun action?

Nope, most of the eclipse astronomy tours to Russia are heading towards the area around Novosibirsk, where weather prospects are the best (and get better heading into northern China where others are going). I did glance at a couple of tours that are going up by boat north of Svalbard, Norway.

This is my second total eclipse. I was clouded out at totality in 1999 in France but the prospects there were not so good to begin with.

yaohua2000
2008-Jun-30, 12:32 AM
who's travelling to see this eclipse?

I will go to Xinjiang to see it.

cyberjoex
2008-Jul-24, 02:22 PM
You can find out where a Live WEBCAST of the eclipse from this page: http://extratopics.com/technology/multimedia/live-webcast-of-the-august-2008-total-solar-eclipse-in-china.html

BPCooper
2008-Jul-24, 05:01 PM
The Exploratorium in San Francisco also holds a webcast for every eclipse, as well as a public party (they will be open all night):

http://www.exploratorium.edu/

ginnie
2008-Jul-24, 05:33 PM
01101001, please go away

:D

But 0111001 does make a couple of good points.
I for one do not know where you can see the eclipse, in fact I know nothing about it.
Now, I can google it and find out, but why not save everyone a little time and effort by posting a few details about it?

BPCooper
2008-Jul-26, 02:26 AM
The eclipse will be broadcast live on NASA TV beginning at 6am eastern time Friday.

www.nasa.gov/eclipse

www.nasa.gov/ntv

Clear skies for all!

Whirlpool
2008-Jul-26, 02:43 AM
Looks like I won't be able to see it here in my place.

01101001
2008-Jul-29, 03:59 AM
Universe Today: Friday's Total Solar Eclipse can be Watched on the Internet (http://www.universetoday.com/2008/07/28/fridays-total-solar-eclipse-can-be-watched-on-the-internet/)


This Friday's eclipse will swing over Canada, the tip of Greenland, parts of Russia, China and Mongolia, including the Gobi desert, although nothing can replace actually travelling to one of these locations to witness this celestial event, NASA will transmit the eclipse live over the Internet.


As the Olympics are starting next week in Beijing, travel expenses have sky-rocketed, plus fuel prices can only make things worse. Many Chinese eclipse tours can cost $3,000-$6,000 and if you fancied a trip to the High Arctic on a Russian icebreaker, expect to pay $23,000.

So we don't miss out, NASA will be transmitting the live eclipse (presumably via their homepage www.nasa.gov (http://www.nasa.gov/)) starting well before its peak at 7:09 am EDT. Also, museums like the Exploratorium in San Francisco (http://www.exploratorium.edu/) have special eclipse events scheduled so we can all have the chance of seeing the event as it happens. Again, it's not the same as experiencing it yourself, but at least you can guarantee clear skies via the Internet…

yaohua2000
2008-Jul-29, 04:46 AM
Booked air ticket: China Southern Airlines Flight 6948, depart from Beijing Capital Airport on 2008 August 1 at 13:30, arrive in Xi'an Xianyang Airport at 15:20.

Then take airport shuttle bus to Xi'an railway station and try to catch the train numbered 1162, which leaves Xi'an railway station at 17:30, and see the eclipse on the train. The train should be near Huashan railway station about 10 km north to Mount Hua during the totality.

Totality duration: about 75 seconds (around 2008-08-01 19:24)
Possibility of bad weather: High
Possibility of missing the train (flight delay, traffic jam, train ticket sold out...): High

Must be very lucky...

01101001
2008-Jul-29, 04:52 AM
Totality duration: about 75 seconds
Possibility of bad weather: High
Possibility of missing the train (airport shuttle delay, traffic jam, train ticket sold out...): High

Best of luck! Eclipses are so awesome.

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For others, here's a map showing the path of totality, from northern Canada, through Greenland, Russia, to eastern China.

It was tempting to put it inline, but it was just a tad large. This thumbnail will suffice.
8399 Click to blow up the world.

01101001
2008-Jul-31, 05:31 AM
Watch the Eclipse Live 10:30 - 11:30 UT 8/1/2008

Coverage begins in about 29 hours.

Exploratorium coverage (http://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse/2008/index.html) of the eclipse from Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in northwestern China near the Mongolian border, webcast

Exploratorium one-hour webcast event begins
Friday, August 1, 0330 PDT
Friday, August 1, 0630 EDT
Friday, August 1, 1030 UTC
Friday, August 1, 1630 Xinjiang historical
Friday, August 1, 1830 China

Second contact, 2-minute totality begins
Friday, August 1, 0408 PDT
Friday, August 1, 0708 EDT
Friday, August 1, 1108 UTC
Friday, August 1, 1708 Xinjiang historical
Friday, August 1, 1908 China

Exploratorium: Eclipse (http://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse/2008/index.html) :: How We Do It


Our program, plus a separate transmission of just the telescope images of the eclipse, will be sent from a satellite truck in Yiwu, China, to a communication satellite, SinoSat-1. The satellite will amplify and retransmit the signals to an earth station in Guangdong Province in Southeast China. From there, the signals will be uplinked to a satellite over the Pacific Ocean, then downlinked to an earth station in Napa, California. The last uplink is to a satellite over the Americas. TV stations, the Exploratorium and other museums, and a server farm will receive transmissions from the satellite. The server farm will encode our program for Webcasting and send it to servers worldwide that will make the program available to Internet viewers. The server farm will also encode the program for streaming into Second Life.

Also available at:
NASA TV (http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html) (or NASA TV Yahoo! source (http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/nasa/index.html) or high-resolution (http://playlist.yahoo.com/makeplaylist.dll?id=1368163))

NASA TV Schedule (http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/MM_NTV_Breaking.html) (times EDT):


August 1, Friday
6 - 8:15 a.m. - Live Solar Eclipse Coverage from China (the period of totality is 7:08 -7:10 a.m.) - GSFC (All Channels)

01101001
2008-Jul-31, 10:30 PM
MSNBC: Watch the eclipse online (http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2008/07/31/1237857.aspx)


There's nothing like seeing a total solar eclipse with your own eyes - but if you just couldn't make it to Friday's remote totality zone, you have at least three chances to catch the event online in real time. And if you'd rather sleep in, you can still catch up on what you missed. It's the next best thing to being there.

Lists Exploratorium and NASA, and MSNBC for live coverage, and some coverage earlier than from Xinjiang (like Novosibirsk, 0900 UTC (http://novosibirskguide.com/eclipse-2008/live-broadcasting/)), and where archived copies might be found post-event, and provides other resources.



Exploratorium one-hour webcast event begins
Friday, August 1, 0330 PDT
Friday, August 1, 0630 EDT
Friday, August 1, 1030 UTC
Friday, August 1, 1630 Xinjiang historical
Friday, August 1, 1830 China

NASA TV Schedule (http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/MM_NTV_Breaking.html) (times EDT):

12 hours to Exploratorium event coverage (http://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse/2008/index.html)

01101001
2008-Aug-01, 06:30 AM
I was going to stay up for it, but I need to be awake Friday. I'll have to catch it on reruns.

4 hours to start of Exploratorium coverage (http://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse/2008/index.html)
Friday, August 1, 0330 PDT
Friday, August 1, 0630 EDT
Friday, August 1, 1030 UTC
Friday, August 1, 1630 Xinjiang historical
Friday, August 1, 1830 China

(4 hours 38 minutes to totality)

Good viewing, everyone.

hhEb09'1
2008-Aug-01, 11:03 AM
Turned on the Exploratorium telescope live feed at 7am EDT and I just heard voices. :)

Footsteps, excited voices, around 7:04

Image turned on at 7:05

Excited voices, children crying at 7:10

hhEb09'1
2008-Aug-01, 11:30 AM
Images

mahesh
2008-Aug-01, 12:37 PM
this happening exactly while i am sitting here, looking at these pictures...
talk about hot off the press!!....hhEb09'1!!

this is just too beautiful!

thanks for your great efforts. you put in so much at BAUT. it's awfully nice of you to do this.

best regards

jokergirl
2008-Aug-01, 02:36 PM
It was only 50% here but still nice. Went out in the lunchbreak to have a look and take photos of some leafshadows.

http://joker.mirar.org/P?loc=fotojunk/ec1.jpg&get=m

http://joker.mirar.org/P?loc=fotojunk/ec2.jpg&get=m

http://joker.mirar.org/P?loc=fotojunk/ec3.jpg&get=m

;)

Essan
2008-Aug-01, 05:30 PM
I love that last shot Jokergirl :)

Mostly clear skies here, just a few small, fast moving low levels clouds, so not exactly easy to take a direct image - especially with any degree of zoom. Quite pleased though to manage this (which was about the extent of eclipse as seen from central England)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v207/Essan/August%202008/eclipse010808003r.jpg

01101001
2008-Aug-01, 05:49 PM
NASA Feature: NASA Brings Total Eclipse of the Sun to the Masses (http://www.nasa.gov/topics/solarsystem/features/eclipse/index.html):


On August 1, a total solar eclipse was visible in parts of Canada, northern Greenland, the Arctic, central Russia, Mongolia and China. The eclipse swept across Earth in a narrow path that began in Canada’s northern territory of Nunavut and ended in northern China’s Silk Road region.

Pictures, like:

http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/264808main_aug1eclipse_710.jpg (http://www.nasa.gov/topics/solarsystem/features/eclipse/index.html) http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/264846main_1aug08eclipsesequence_4x3_226-170.jpg (http://www.nasa.gov/topics/solarsystem/features/eclipse/index.html)

jokergirl
2008-Aug-01, 07:39 PM
I love that last shot Jokergirl :)

Mostly clear skies here, just a few small, fast moving low levels clouds, so not exactly easy to take a direct image - especially with any degree of zoom. Quite pleased though to manage this (which was about the extent of eclipse as seen from central England)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v207/Essan/August%202008/eclipse010808003r.jpg

That's a lovely shot!
We had really bright noon sun, there were a few clouds around maximum but they were too thin to act as any sort of filter, even with sunglasses in front of the camera... (note to self, get a filter before 2029)

;)

Swift
2008-Aug-01, 08:33 PM
This morning on NBC's today show, they had some live coverage and showed some TV shots from China. They were also talking with a gentleman from the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

He commented that the media, when talking about a solar eclipse, almost always says "a rare solar eclipse" (link to a CNN.com article with the headline "Total eclipse provides rare delight" (http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/weather/08/01/eclipse.earth/index.html)). He pointed out that solar eclipses are actually less rare than the summer Olympics; the former happens somewhere on the planet about every two and a half years, the latter somewhere on the planet every four years. Yet, you never hear the media describe the "rare summer Olympics". :D

mahesh
2008-Aug-01, 11:26 PM
Well, the regular British media haven't touched the subject at all!
Not a Dickie-Bird*!

They'll probably wake up tomorrow. Riding on overseas media coat-tails. Again.

* Pardon me, this is a slanted reference to an esteemed, charismatic, now retired, terrific umpire in English cricket. One of the greats!
His 'mistakes' were rare indeed.

yaohua2000
2008-Aug-05, 01:26 PM
Some photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/test0036/sets/72157606553254914/

My eclipse trip (2008 August 1, local time, UTC+08:00):

August 1 10:30 – Depart from Beijing office

10:33 – Get money at an ATM in the Qinghuayuan Branch of China Merchants Bank

10:45 – Enter Subway Line 13 Wudaokou station at Entry/Exit A, paid CNY•2.00 (US$ 0.29) using Beijing Municipal Administration and Communications Card (security check point 1)

10:51:47 – Subway Line 13 Train leaves at Wudaokou station

11:37:43 – Subway Line 13 Train arrives at Dongzhimen station

11:44 – Transfer Subway Airport Line at Dongzhimen station. (security check point 2), paid CNY•25.00 using Beijing Municipal Administration and Communications Card

11:59:36 – Airport Line Train leaves at Dongzhimen station

12:30:20 – Airport Line Train arrives at Terminal 2 station in Beijing Captial International Airport

12:33 – Security check point 3 to enter the airport

12:35 – The subway station is located at B2, go upstairs to F1

12:39 – Print online paid air ticket at an automatic terminal in Area G

12:45 – Airport security check at gate number 3

13:03 – Board an airbus A320 airliner at gate 35

13:19 – The airliner leaves the boarding gate, 11 minutes early

13:31:20 – Take off at runway 36L

14:59:10 – Land at runway 23, Xi'an Xianyang International Airport

15:05 – Unboard 15 minutes early

15:14 – Paid •27.00 for airport bus line 2

15:17–16:07 – Take airport bus line 2 to Xi'an Railway Station

16:16 – Buy train ticket at ticketing window number 6: Train No. K622, Xi'an to Huashan, leaves Xi'an at 16:30, "new-type aircon hard-seat fast-speed" class, •16.00 (discount) for the 123 km rail distance trip

16:18–16:20 – Enter Xi'an Railway Station (security check point 5), go upstairs to waiting lounge 3

16:25 – Board the train at the north side of platform number 2

16:29:26 – The train K622 leaves Xi'an Railway Station

18:03:10 – The train K622 arrives Huashan (Mount Hua) Railway Station, stops at the northwest side of platform number 2

18:10 – Buy another train ticket (for the eclipse and then home): Train No. 1162, Huashan to Lingbao, leaves Huashan at 19:15, "hard-seat normal-fast" class, •7.00 for the 89-km-rail-distance trip, actually I was planning to "cheat" the trip after Lingbao. The terminal of the train is Jinan

18:12 – The back shell of my Nokia N95 was broken, went to a shop next to the ticket office, got some gummed tape

18:16 – Enter Huashan Railway Station (security check point 6)

until 19:11 – Watch the partial eclipse in the railway station, excellent weather

19:11–19:15 – Go to northwest side of platform number 2 and board the train there. I was in car number 18

19:16:58 – Train 1162 leaves Huashan Railway Station

19:19:16 – Totality begins

19:19:18 – The train driver drives the train behind hills

19:20:01 – Maximum eclipse

19:20:45 – Totality ends

19:22 – The trains leaves hills area

~20:30 – Train leaves Lingbao. My ticket just for the Huashan to Lingbao section. Lost seat, have to stand somewhere in the train

23:05:34 – Train 1162 arrives Luoyang station at the north side of platform 3. Can't stand anymore and no air-con in the train, decided to change to other trains. Ticket from Huashan to Luoyang costs •21, and I only paid the section from Huashan to Lingbao at •7, 2+ hours of standing saved me •14 (US$ 2.04), not worth, I suppose

23:06–23:14: Go to platform 4 via the under-track tunnel in the station

23:14 – Get on the next train numbered T42. This is an express train from Xi'an station to Beijing West station, stops in Luoyang.

23:15 – Talk to the train staff and get a upper berth "hard-sleeper" (second class sleeper) in car number 15, paid •190

23:20 – Go to car number 15 and was told that the bed was already sold to another passenger

23:33 – Talk to the train staff and change to another middle berth bed, paid •6 more

till the next morning – sleep in the train

August 2 06:25:13 – Train T42 arrives Beijing West Railway Station

06:46 – Buy a bottle of sugar-free Coke near Beijing West Railway Station at •5.00

07:01 –*Take bus line 72 (the line was opened just on August 1) to Beijing South Railway Station, paid •0.40 (discount) using Beijing Municipal Administration and Communications Card

07:44 – Arrived Beijing South Railway Station. The station was put into service just at yesterday noon for the Olympics, actually most part of the station is still under construction. Try to find an ATM, no luck. (security check point 7)

08:00 – Take bus line 652 to get out of the station, paid •0.40 (discount) using Beijing Municipal Administration and Communications Card

08:10 – Get off the bus at Muxiyuan Bridge stop, walk around and try to find an ATM, no luck

08:16–08:28 – Get a cab and tell the driver to go back to the railway station. Find an ATM on the way at 08:21

08:36 – Enter the station again. (security check point 8)

09:32 – Buy train ticket home at window 50 at F2 in Beijing South Railway Station: Train No. C2029, Beijing South to Tianjin, leaves Beijing South at 12:00, 350 km/h high-speed CRH3 (modified German ICE3) Electric Multiple Unit, first-class seat, •69.00 for 120-km-rail-distance trip

10:17 – Buy some drinks in Beijing South Railway Station, include milk tea (250 ml), orange juice (500 ml), and bottled water (600 ml), •13.00

11:45 – Go to platform number 22 and board the train

11:59:45 – Train C2029 leaves Beijing South Railway Station

12:29:15 – Train C2029 arrives Tianjin Railway Station at platform 17

13:14–13:33 – Have lunch in a restaurant near the Tianjin Railway Station

13:34–13:37 – Go back home by cab, •8.00

August 2 13:39 – At home in Tianjin

cyberjoex
2008-Aug-06, 08:58 PM
Hello guys, great pictures of the eclipse! To those who wasn't able to watch the eclipse live, there's a replay of the entire event. Just go to http://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse/2008/index.html. There's are replay of the program or the telescope view only. But I'd prefer the program.
http://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse/2008/index.html

01101001
2008-Aug-06, 10:27 PM
Spaceweather.com has a nice gallery of 2008 August 1 eclipse images (http://www.spaceweather.com/eclipses/gallery_01aug08.htm).

BPCooper
2008-Aug-08, 04:05 AM
I have returned from a fantastic trip and spectacular celestial event. I've been waiting a long time to try again after being clouded out the first time.

I have posted a suite of photos of the eclipse:
http://www.launchphotography.com/Total_Solar_Eclipse_2008.html

Enjoy! Can't wait, hopefully 2009 too.

Swift
2008-Aug-08, 02:38 PM
I have returned from a fantastic trip and spectacular celestial event. I've been waiting a long time to try again after being clouded out the first time.

I have posted a suite of photos of the eclipse:
http://www.launchphotography.com/Total_Solar_Eclipse_2008.html

Enjoy! Can't wait, hopefully 2009 too.
Very sweet!

Elenwen
2008-Aug-14, 05:23 PM
I can't wait until 2017 when I will have the means of traveling to see it.