Total Solar Eclipse, 11 July 1991, Expedition
Twelve people of diverse ages and backgrounds went from Montgomery
to the great eclipse of 11 July 1991. This eclipse was special for
different reasons. It was the longest eclipse that will occur until
and was seen by more people directly along the eclipse path than any in
previously recorded history. The eclipse path passed over Mexico city
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
Nikon camera, Diana Woody and Harold Williams took some suburb
of solar prominence, Baily's Beads (the last light of the photosphere
through deep lunar valleys), and the solar corona (the atmosphere of
sun). Charles Phillips, a member of the MC expedition, using a 35-mm
with a telephoto lens and a tripod, captured pictures of the Diamond
just before and after totality. Camile Conroy took photographs of the
before, during, and after the eclipse with a hand-held camera. The
stayed in Puerto Vallarta, state of Jalisco, Mexico, at the
Buganvilias Sheraton Resort on the beach, but traveled to a fishing
on the coast, Sayulita in the state of Nayarit, the day of the
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
Capital Astronomers, NCA,
an eclipse trip while I was president of this organization. I am
now webmaster of NCA. I viewed the eclipse from near the
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
danced on the edge for a moment. Tom Van Flanderin eloquently
it this way.
Fred Espenak's Eclipse Pages,
best general scientific source of eclipse maps, dates, and general
Everyone uses Fred Espenak, he is without peer for specific eclipse
Wendy Carlos Eclipse Pages,
some of the finest pictures taken by a true artist of eclipses and
Eclipse Glasses which you will need for the December 25, 2000
eclipse of the sun, which will be around 53.5% in the Washington, DC
area, unless you want to wear a box over your head:
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.
Planetarium home page
Web page by Dr. Harold Alden Williams.
Last changed 11:40PM November 9, 2004.