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The Eclipse of the Century

Past Tours

2016 Indonesian Eclipse

We sailed from Singapore on the lovely MS Volendam and experienced a superb, clear view of the total eclipse for nearly 3 minutes from our vantage point in the Straits of Makasar.

2016 Indonesian Eclipse

2015 Total Eclipse & Northern Lights Cruise

We sailed on a very special cruise from Southampton on the Boudicca in search of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) along the beautiful Norwegian coast before going on to view the Total Solar Eclipse of 20 March 2015 off the coast of the Faroe Islands. Onboard we were joined by our brilliant lecturers Dr Marek Kukula (Public Astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich) and Ed Gillen (University of Oxford).

As you will see from the video below, the weather prospects didn’t look good at the beginning of the day of the eclipse but our Captain went full steam and found a break in the clouds so that we had a perfect view of the entire eclipse. Watch it and weep.

Video Chris Bowden

Tromsø where we are staying is situated right in the centre of the Northern Lights zone and is, therefore, together with the interior ice in Greenland the tundra in northern Canada, among the best places on earth to observe this phenomenon. Most of the Northern Lights outbursts visible from Tromsø are green, but large outbursts can also include other colours

Faroe Islands Total Eclipse Cruise

A very special cruise from Newcastle (UK) to the Faroe Islands to view the Total Solar Eclipse of 20 March 2015 from land. The last total solar eclipse visible from Europe until 2026.

Your Eclipse Cruise

Northern Lights Tour 2010

We visited the lovely town of Tromso in March 2010 where we were treated to spectacular displays of the Northern Lights.

The Northern Lights - March 2010 Tour Northern Lights Tour 2010 Northern Lights Tour
Tromso The Northern Lights Trip Eclipse of the Century tour to the Northern Lights

 

Total Solar Eclipse 22 July 2009

Eclipse of the Century led a lively group of astronomers, amateur astronomers and virgin eclipse-chasers on an 8 night trip to the Far East in July 2009.

the eclipse of the century the costa allegra The Eclipse of the Century Tour

 

City View The Welcome City View

In Shanghai we stayed at the fabulous Sofitel on Nanjing Road where many of our group enjoyed the hotel home-brewed beer rather too much! A few photos of the group at the delicious Welcome Dinner can be see here:

The  welcome dinner Eclipse of the Century Cruise The  welcome dinner

We boarded on ship the Costa Allegra the next day and had a brief life boat drill:

The Costa Allegra Eclipse of the Century Cruise The lifeboat drill

We were in our Captain and crews hands as they steered us on course for Korea and then 3 ports in Japan:

Our Captain Our Ship Some of the team

Our 3 Japan port visits included Fukuoka, Nagasaki and Kagoshima:

Fukuoka Nagasaki Nagasaki Memorial

During our cruise, we held a series of excellent talks and informal sessions led by Dr Chris Lintott (the presenter of The Sky at Night) and Pamela Gay (associate research professor of Physics at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She also produces the popular science podcast Astronomy Cast):

Chris The audience Pamela

We then sailed on to the eclipse. Tensions were high and expectations were great but  we got caught in a vast weather pattern of cloud as did much of Asia on eclipse day. Our spirits were not dampened and there were cheers as we caught glimpses of the sun peaking through:

Eclipse Day Eclipse Day Eclipse Day

 

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