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 Annular Solar Eclipse of 2014 April 29
 from Antarctica

To observe the 2014 April 29 non-central annular eclipse, I wanted to go back one more time to Antarctica, the only location where this eclipse was annular. However viewing this eclipse meant wintering over for about eight months: it would have been another unforgeatable adventure, but difficult work constraints decided otherwise. No human being, and likely no living species, were in the area where this eclipse was annular. Only the people wintering-over at the Concordia (reasonnably clear sky with a low temperature around -65°C or -85°F) and Dumont d’Urville (cloudy with wind) research stations had the possibility to observe a deep partial barely over the horizon.

Adrianos and Paride, who both are wintering over at Concordia, have taken a few pictures from outside the research station located at the edge of the visibility region. The eclipse was only partial at there, although very deep at its maximum, and did allow an in-depth study of the atmospheric refraction and terrain elevation even with the poor quality of the pictures. Indeed the eclipse was only visible because of a combination between atmospheric refraction and terrain declivity in the direction of the eclipsed Sun (refer to the map below).

You can use this solar eclipse calculator to compute the local circumstances of the eclipse, and the solar eclipse timer notifies the beginning of the various events. A time exposure calculator is there to help you choose your camera settings.

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Annular Eclipse 2014
Eclipse circumstances
(Fred Espenak, NASA/GSFC)

Eclipse 2014 April Cloud Cover
Average cloudiness in April
(courtesy of Jay Anderson)

Eclipse 2014 May Cloud Cover
Average cloudiness in May
(courtesy of Jay Anderson)

Annular Solar Eclipse 2014 Animation
Annular eclipse animation

Concordia Dôme C Antarctica
Concordia Dôme C Research Station in April

Eclipse Map Terrain Elevation Profile Concordia Dôme C Antarctica
Eclipse map with terain elevation profile from the Concordia Dôme C Research Station
(with the help of the atmospheric refraction and the terrain declivity most of the eclipse will be visible)

Eclipse Vehicle Concordia Dôme C Antarctica
Type of vehicle to be used for the long trip from the Concordia Dôme C Research Station to the annular area
(with a top speed of about 80 mph, the return trip can be done in less than a day)

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Last page update on April 30, 2014.
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