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 Partial Solar Eclipse of 2018 August 11
 in Russia, China, Mongolia, Greenland or Scandinavia

This partial solar eclipse will be mainly visible from Russia and in particular northeastern Siberia in order to get an interesting magnitude. About six months later in the middle of the Siberian winter another partial with a similar magnitude will occur at the Pole of Cold. This is a unique opportunity for some extreme adventure.
The master plan is to observe the first partial from Yakutsk in the Sakha Republic (Yakutia), and then to scout for the second partial which will occur under temperatures likely below -50°C (-60F).

You can use this solar eclipse calculator to compute the local circumstances of the eclipse. A time exposure calculator is there to help you choose your camera settings.


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Partial Solar Eclipse August 2018
Eclipse circumstances


Partial Solar Eclipse August 2018 Semi-duration Curve
Map with semi-duration curves


Eclipse 2018 August Cloud Cover
Cloud cover in August
(courtesy of Jay Anderson)

Partial Solar Eclipse August 2018 Animation
Eclipse animation


The sky was partly cloudy on eclipse day, so staying in town made sense. Moreover being able to observe from a high point, the rooftop of the Azimut Polar Star hotel, was great because this eclipse was occuring late afternoon and ending at sunset. Getting access to the rooftop required a special authorization, this type of demand raising a lot of questions… At the beginning I had a security guard looking after me, but he decided to leave as soon as he saw I had everything under control ;-) and I even managed to come back at night and the next day :D

2018 August 11 Partial Solar Eclipse Maximum Yakutsk Sakha Republic Yakutia Siberia Russia
2018 August 11 partial solar eclipse at maximum from Yakutsk, Sakha Republic (Yakutia), northeastern Siberia, Russia

2018 August 11 Partial Solar Eclipse Yakutsk Sakha Republic Yakutia Siberia Russia Map
Map of the 2018 August 11 partial solar eclipse from Yakutsk, Sakha Republic (Yakutia), northeastern Siberia, Russia

Panorama Eclipse Azimut Polar Star Rooftop Yakutsk Sakha Republic Yakutia Siberia Russia
360-degree panorama from the Azimut Polar Star Hotel during the eclipse in Yakutsk

2018 August 11 Partial Solar Eclipse Yakutsk Sakha Republic Yakutia Siberia Russia
2018 August 11 partial solar eclipse seventeen minutes after maximum from Yakutsk, Sakha Republic (Yakutia), northeastern Siberia, Russia

The night after the eclipse noctilucent clouds were well visible, ditto during the flight to Yakutsk.

Noctilucent Cloud Yakutsk Sakha Republic Yakutia Siberia Russia
Noctilucent clouds from Yakutsk, Sakha Republic (Yakutia), northeastern Siberia, Russia

And now a few pictures of this short 5-day trip. The air service by Aeroflot in Business class was flawless and the crews were really looking after you. As often on those trips you meet interesting people, even during the flights.

Aeroflot A321 Business Class CDG SVO August 2018
Seated in the Airbus 321
to Moscow (SVO)

Aeroflot A321 Business Class CDG SVO Welcome Drink August 2018
Welcome drink


Aeroflot A321 Business Class CDG SVO Cold Starter Trout August 2018
Cold starter: trout


Aeroflot A321 Business Class CDG SVO Main Course Salmon August 2018
Main course: salmon


Aeroflot A321 Business Class CDG SVO Landing Sheremetyevo Airport August 2018
Ready for landing
at Sheremetyevo airport (SVO)

Next Flight Yakutsk YKS Third Row Middle August 2018
Next flight to Yakutsk
(third row middle)

Rublev Lounge Sheremetyevo 2 Airport SVO August 2018
Rublev lounge
at Sheremetyevo 2 airport (SVO)

Sheremetyevo 2 Gate Flight Yakutsk YKS August 2018
At Sheremetyevo 2 gate
for flight to Yakutsk (YKS)

Aeroflot B737 Business Class SVO YKS August 2018
Seated in the Boeing 737
to Yakutsk (YKS)

Aeroflot B737 Business Class SVO YKS Planning Next Adventure Siberia August 2018
Planning my next adventure in Siberia


Aeroflot B737 Business Class SVO YKS Nearly Midway 6.5-hour Flight Yakutsk August 2018
Nearly midway on this
6.5-hour flight to Yakutsk (YKS)

Aeroflot B737 Business Class SVO YKS Approaching Yakutsk August 2018
Approaching Yakutsk (YKS)


Aeroflot B737 Business Class SVO YKS Preparing Landing Above Majestic Lena River August 2018
Preparing for landing
above the majestic Lena river

Aeroflot B737 Business Class SVO YKS Dassault Falcon 7X Private Jet Yakutsk Airport August 2018
Dassault Falcon 7X private jet
at Yakutsk airport (YKS)

Aeroflot B737 Business Class SVO YKS Our Gate Yakutsk August 2018
Our B737 at gate in Yakutsk (YKS)


Aeroflot B737 Business Class SVO YKS Diamond Sale Yakutsk Airport August 2018
Diamonds on sale
at Yakutsk airport (YKS)

Way Hotel Yakutsk Private Driver August 2018
On the way to my hotel in Yakutsk
with my driver

7th Floor Room Azimut Polar Star Hotel Yakutsk August 2018
7th floor room
at the Azimut Polar Star hotel

Woolly Mammoth Cub Hotel 1st Floor Yakutsk August 2018
Woolly mammoth and its cub
on the hotel’s 1st floor

Stormy Afternoon Street Flooding Way Mammoth Museum Yakutsk August 2018
Stormy afternoon
with street flooding in Yakutsk

Mammoth Museum Entrance Yakutsk August 2018
Mammoth museum entrance
in Yakutsk

Mammoth Skull Tusk Yakutsk August 2018
Mammoth skull and tusks


Mammoth Skeleton Yakutsk August 2018
Mammoth skeleton


Woolly Mammoth Yakutsk August 2018
Woolly mammoth


Panorama Mammoth Museum Yakutsk August 2018
180-degree panorama inside the mammoth museum in Yakutsk

Melnikov Permafrost Institute Yakutsk August 2018
Melnikov Permafrost Institute
in Yakutsk

Entrance Kingdom Permafrost Yakutsk August 2018
Entrance of the Kingdom of Permafrost
in Yakutsk

Underground Tunnel Inside Kingdom Permafrost Yakutsk August 2018
Underground tunnels
inside the Kingdom of Permafrost

Ice Sculpture Kingdom Permafrost Yakutsk August 2018
Ice sculptures
at the Kingdom of Permafrost

Entrance Ticket Diamond Museum Kingdom Permafrost Yakutsk August 2018
Entrance tickets of the Diamond museum
and Kingdom of Permafrost

Monument Petr Beketov Yakutsk August 2018
Monument to Petr Beketov
in Yakutsk

Monument Petr Beketov Yakutsk August 2018
Monument to Petr Beketov
in Yakutsk

Monument Fallen World War I WWI Yakutsk August 2018
Monument to the Fallen in World War I
in Yakutsk

Panorama Yakutsk Beketov Looking West August 2018
Yakutsk 180-degree panorama looking west

Panorama Yakutsk Beketov Looking East August 2018
Yakutsk 180-degree panorama looking east

Visitor Street Sign Monument Yakutsk August 2018
Visitor street sign for monuments
in Yakutsk

Holy Transfiguration Cathedral Yakutsk August 2018
Holy Transfiguration Cathedral
in Yakutsk

Holy Transfiguration Cathedral Yakutsk August 2018
Holy Transfiguration Cathedral
in Yakutsk

Holy Transfiguration Cross Beketov Memorial Yakutsk August 2018
Holy Transfiguration Cross
and Beketov Memorial in Yakutsk

Sculpture Fortified Outpost Yakutsk August 2018
Sculpture of the fortified outpost
of Yakutsk

Gradoyakutskiy Saint Nicholas Church Yakutsk August 2018
Gradoyakutskiy Saint Nicholas church
in Yakutsk

Pushkin Drama Theater Yakutsk August 2018
Pushkin Drama Theater
in Yakutsk

Lenin Statue Yakutsk August 2018
Lenin statue in Yakutsk


Panorama Yakutsk Beketov Holy Transfiguration Cathedral Monument Fallen WWII August 2018
Yakutsk 100-degree panorama of the Beketoc Memorial, Holy Transfiguration Cathedral and Monument to the Fallen of WWI

Healthy Breakfast Yakutsk August 2018
Healthy breakfast
in Yakutsk

Noctilucent Cloud Hotel Room Yakutsk August 2018
Noctilucent clouds from the hotel
in Yakutsk

Airport Terminal Yakutsk August 2018
Airport terminal in Yakutsk


VIP Check-in Boarding Yakutsk Airport August 2018
VIP check-in at Yakutsk airport


Lena River Yakutsk August 2018
Bye bye Yakutsk, next time will be January 2019 during the Siberian winter!





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