Total Solar Eclipse, 11 July 1991, Expedition

Twelve people of diverse ages and backgrounds went from Montgomery College to the great eclipse of 11 July 1991. This eclipse was special for several different reasons. It was the longest eclipse that will occur until 2132 and was seen by more people directly along the eclipse path than any in previously recorded history. The eclipse path passed over Mexico city and many other populated areas, from Central America to Brazil. The sun was very active, being near its peak in the 11-year cycle, and showed many prominence. Using the college's 3 1/2-inch Questar telescope with a 35-mm Nikon camera, Diana Woody and Harold Williams took some suburb photographs of solar prominence, Baily's Beads (the last light of the photosphere shining through deep lunar valleys), and the solar corona (the atmosphere of the sun). Charles Phillips, a member of the MC expedition, using a 35-mm camera with a telephoto lens and a tripod, captured pictures of the Diamond Ring just before and after totality. Camile Conroy took photographs of the people before, during, and after the eclipse with a hand-held camera. The group stayed in Puerto Vallarta, state of  Jalisco, Mexico, at the beautiful Buganvilias Sheraton Resort on the beach, but traveled to a fishing village on the coast, Sayulita in the state of Nayarit,  the day of the eclipse. The travel was arranged by Eclipse Edge of MetaResearch.  A report on the eclipse expedition is here. This was my first total eclipse and my only edge eclipse so far.

In February 26, 1998 at Curacao, in the Netherlands Antilles the National Capital Astronomers, NCA, arrange an eclipse trip while I was president of this organization.  I am now webmaster of NCA.  I viewed the eclipse from near the centerline.  It was spectacular, but if I have a choice, at the next total eclipse I will go to an edge eclipse again.  I loved the way the Baily's Beads danced on the edge for a moment.  Tom Van Flanderin eloquently explains it this way.

Fred Espenak's Eclipse Pages, best general scientific source of eclipse maps, dates, and general data.  Everyone uses Fred Espenak, he is without peer for specific eclipse information.
Wendy Carlos Eclipse Pages, some of the finest pictures taken by a true artist of eclipses and music.

Eclipse Glasses which you will need for the December 25, 2000 partial eclipse of the sun, which will be around 53.5% in the Washington, DC metro area, unless you want to wear a box over your head:

Total Solar Eclipses Paths 2001 to 2025 from Fred Espenak.
Next two solar eclipses crossing the United States of America are August 21, 2017 and April 8, 2024.
Montgomery College's Planetarium home page

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