Eclipse Of The Century
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
We boarded on ship the Costa Allegra the next day and had a brief life boat drill:
We were in our Captain and crews hands as they steered us on course for Korea and then 3 ports in Japan:
Our 3 Japan port visits included Fukuoka, Nagasaki and Kagoshima:
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):
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: