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 Annular Solar Eclipse of 2006 September 22
 from Pointe de l’Etat-Major in Kourou, French Guiana

To observe the 2006 September 22 annular eclipse, I was in French Guiana at the Pointe de l’Etat-Major on the Kourou beachfront. Located between the 2° and 6° N parallels, French Guiana has an equatorial climate. This position near the equator, plus its oceanic beachfront, confers a good climatic stability : a great wind and temperature regularity, slightly varying throughout the year. Only rainfalls show consequent annual variations. The dry season from mid-July to mid-November, when the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ZIC) moves to latitudes higher than 10° N, thus sparing the French Overseas Department, gave us a good opportunity to observe this annular eclipse (about 50% odds). The days are thus quite sunny, only some rainstorms, sometimes stormy, develop during the afternoon in the interior. You can also visit the Tourism Board of French Guiana website for more information.
During annularity, the Sun was about seven degrees above the horizon, and we had a very nice spectacle for sunrise. Unfortunately the planned September 19 Ariane 5 ECA mission was cancelled, by the European Space Agency (ESA), and postponed to October 12.


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Saint-Joseph Island sight
from Royal Island

Scenery Royal Island Seacoast Kourou Coconut Palm
Scenery from Royal Island
of the seacoast around Kourou

Arrival Saint-Joseph Island Salvation Penal Colony
Arrival on Saint-Joseph Island


Royal Devil Island Sight Saint-Joseph Island Coconut Palm
Royal and Devil Islands sight
from Saint-Joseph Island

Walkway Penal Colony Saint-Joseph Island
Walkway leading to the penal colony
on Saint-Joseph Island

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Convicts gate of the penal colony
on Saint-Joseph Island

Surrounding Wall Penal Colony Saint-Joseph Island Salvation
Surrounding wall of the penal colony
on Saint-Joseph Island

Cell Corridor Penal Colony Saint-Joseph Island Salvation
Cell corridor of the penal colony
on Saint-Joseph Island

Penal Colony Building Saint-Joseph Island Salvation
Penal colony buildings
on Saint-Joseph Island

Cemetery Saint-Joseph Island
Cemetery on Saint-Joseph Island


Hazardous Beach Saint-Joseph Island
Hazardous beach
on Saint-Joseph Island

Sea Shell Beach Saint-Joseph Island
Sea shells beach
on Saint-Joseph Island

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