Total Eclipse 22 July 2009

by Phill Edwards & Steve Crawford

The longest eclipse of the 21st century!

This was the 37th eclipse of Saros 136. Saros 136 has produced the longest eclipses of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Totality lasted 6 minutes 42 seconds from our viewpoint.

At third contact the ship was at 25°14.565'N 142°05.751'E

Corona

Eclipse Cruise, Costa Classica

The cruise was organised by Roy and Bonnie Mayhugh of Astronomy Vacations. Roy chartered the cruise ship Costa Classica for this eclipse. The plan was to sail the ship along the centreline of greatest totality. This plan worked perfectly.

Cruise path

The cruise path

Eclipse Location

At third contact the ship was at 25°14.565'N 142°05.751'E

Setting up

Setting up on deck

Setting up

Long lens envy

Viewing partial phases

Viewing partial phases

Waiting for totality

Waiting for totality. Beers at 8am.
Photograph by Steve Lazarus

Iwo Jima

We viewed the eclipse near Iwo Jima

Moon shadow approaching

The Moon shadow approaching

Ship Totality 1

Ship in totality 1

Ship Totality 2

Ship in totality 2

Ship Totality 3

Ship in totality 3

Ship Totality 4

Ship in totality 4

Ship Totality 5

Ship in totality 5

Second Contact

Diamond ring

Diamond Ring 800mm f11 1/500s

Chromosphere

Chromosphere 800mm f11 1/500s

Totality

Totality1

Totality 800mm f11 1/400s

Totality5

Totality 800mm f11 1/125s

Totality4

Totality 800mm f11 1/80s

Totality3

Totality 800mm f11 1/40s

Totality2

Totality 800mm f11 1/25s

Third Contact

Third1

Chromosphere 800mm f11 1/250s

Third2

Baily's Beads 800mm f11 1/250s

Third3

Baily's Beads 800mm f11 1/250s

Third4

Diamond Ring 800mm f11 1/250s

Partial Phases

Partial1

First contact 800mm f11 1/500s + mylar film

Partial1.1

Partial 1 800mm f11 1/250s + mylar film

Partial2

Partial 2 800mm f11 1/250s + mylar film

Partial3

Partial 3 800mm f11 1/250s + mylar film

Partial4

Partial 4 800mm f11 1/250s + mylar film

Partial5

Partial 5 800mm f11 1/250s + mylar film

Partial6

Partial 6 800mm f11 1/250s + mylar film

Third1

Totality 800mm f11 1/250s

Partial7

Partial 7 800mm f11 1/250s + mylar film

Partial8

Partial 8 800mm f11 1/250s + mylar film

Partial9

Partial 9 800mm f11 1/250s + mylar film