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These pages briefly describe the selection, and then the inspection, of our "Eclipse-City" viewing site for the 2006 March 29 total solar eclipse. The greatest eclipse point is located in the deep southern Libyan desert, just at the Chad border. The total solar eclipse was marvelous as shown in this quick 2006 March 29 report.
My partners and I have organized a completely self-sufficient exploratory expedition (water, transport, food, shelter and fuel) of 3 weeks at the end of March 2004 in order to do all the site inspections and solve the huge logistics problems. To view the eclipse tours and prices please use this link (book soon space is going fast). Some of our tours are also proposed by our french reseller (in French). An International Symposium on solar Physics and Eclipses will be held during three days inside our Waw an Namus viewing site. Additional side trips are also proposed. To book these packages or if you need more information please (limited space left).
You can download the recently published Lonely Planet Libyan Eclipse 2006 Highlights Pack PDF Acrobat Reader file. This document contains information on Libya and the 2006 March 29 total solar eclipse where "Eclipse-City" is mentioned on pages 11 and 22.
As the difficulties encountered to reach the greatest eclipse point by 4WDs were incompatible with bringing an important group, we have decided to use mid-sized airplanes to bring everyone on-site. This why an airstrip will have to be built near our eclipse luxurious camp site. It is worth to mention that succeeding in such a trip requires a lot of experience and be well prepared. Our 4WDs were equipped with special heavy-duty and higher clearance suspensions, 2,000 kilometers (1,200 mi) range fuel tanks, overboosted engine, winch, CB, satellite phone and deported GPS LCD screen on the dashboard were we could find our way with the help of satellite images and Soviet topographic maps. Moreover we carried also all the necessary spare parts. Getting lost in the deep southern Libyan desert or suffering a vehicule breakdown could easily turn into a life-threatening situation.
You can use this solar eclipse calculator to compute the local circumstances of the eclipse. The time exposure calculator is there to help you choose your camera settings.


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Eclipse 2006 Libya Viewing Site
2006 March 29 Eclipse site
("Eclipse-City" Libya 2006)

Eclipse Libya 2006 Airstrip
Airstrip for "Eclipse-City" viewing site


Eclipse 2006 Aerosol
Aerosol index
(courtesy of Jay Anderson)

Eclipse 2006 Libya Sky
Sky preview during the eclipse



Sky during 24 hours
(6.1 MB, 320x210 pixels, 43 sec — QuickTime required)

Control-click or right-click to download the 40.0 MB of the 1024x673 pixels movie.


Close-up on the eclipse
(3.2 MB, 320x210 pixels, 17 sec — QuickTime required)

Control-click or right-click to download the 15.5 MB of the 1024x673 pixels movie.


 


 


 


 

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