From the Frontline of Totality: Sky & Telescope Stories

July 3, 2019 - Comment

Hundreds of spectators, skilled astronomers, and several other Sky & Telescope editors traveled to see totality from the bottom — and sky. Aristeidis Voulgaris As a complete photo voltaic eclipse swept over the South Pacific, Chile, after which Argentina, hundreds of spectators astronomers witnessed the occasion. Thousands and thousands extra noticed a partial photo voltaic


Hundreds of spectators, skilled astronomers, and several other Sky & Telescope editors traveled to see totality from the bottom — and sky.

Diamond Ring by Aristeidis Voulgaris

Aristeidis Voulgaris

As a complete photo voltaic eclipse swept over the South Pacific, Chile, after which Argentina, hundreds of spectators astronomers witnessed the occasion. Thousands and thousands extra noticed a partial photo voltaic eclipse from a lot of South America.

This was the primary alternative to see totality because the so-called Nice American Eclipse of 2017, and it didn’t disappoint. Sky & Telescope editors and collaborators despatched their observations from the frontlines of totality.

Science Editor Camille Carlisle reviews from the chartered A320 plane that flew into totality, 37,000 ft above the Pacific Ocean:

Our flight into totality was a smashing hit. Of our 38 passengers, no less than a half dozen had by no means seen a complete photo voltaic eclipse earlier than, and what we noticed was unforgettable.

Because of the assistance of our collaborators at Latam Airways — callout to our head pilot Cristhian and flight crew chief Scarlett, in addition to their groups! — we took off precisely on time. We hit some turbulence initially, however issues calmed down nicely earlier than totality. We had been in a position to catch the partial phases out the precise window, then all of us scurried to the left because the pilots turned us onto the intercept observe. The flying was impeccable: the umbra hit us simply earlier than four:34 p.m. Chilean time, and we noticed two diamond rings, plus a glimmer of chromosphere earlier than totality ended. By no means have I seen the corona’s ring so clear and so giant on the sky. It hung like a white-silver loop above the cloudtops, with a sunset-like glow slicing between the 2 as a midair horizon.

I believe I may be ruined for ground-based eclipse viewing eternally . . .

Video by Camille Carlisle

Floor-based viewing provided its personal advantages, as Contributing Editor Tony Flanders notes:

My spouse and I watched the eclipse underneath cloudless skies one-hour drive north of San Juan, Argentina, along with Diego, an Argentine newbie astronomer whom I met on-line, and his spouse Sylvia. The eclipse was notably notable for the amazingly robust and eerie shadow bands as a result of Solar’s low altitude. Watching the nonetheless partially eclipsed Solar set into the Andes Precordillera was one other spotlight. Then we stayed to view the superb southern Milky Method, and drove again after the visitors had disappeared.

Eclipse-viewing

Tony Flanders, his spouse, and mates witnessed the eclipse from Argentina.
Tony Flanders

Jay Pasachoff (Williams Faculty), one of many science groups observing the eclipse, noticed totality underneath fantastically clear skies:

My group affiliated with Williams Faculty was very profitable, each with these of us (together with me) at our unique web site on a mountainside above La Higuera (an hour north of La Serena going this morning and 5 hours of journey again after the eclipse), and with these of us on Cerro Tololo, as a part of the time I used to be awarded. The day was notably clear, with not a cloud within the sky. We had been at about 2,500 ft at La Higuera; the CTIO individuals had been greater, over 7,000 ft altitude.

Spectrum of the solar coronoa

Spectrum of the photo voltaic corona
Aristeidis Voulgaris

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