Total Solar Eclipse of 1999 August 11
near Coucy-le-Chateau, France
This eclipse is one exeligmos (three eclipses in a saros or a little over 54 years) after the 1945 July 9th one. Unable to go into Roumania to observe the total solar eclipse on August 11, 1999, I went near Coucy-le-Chateau in northern France, a few hundred meters from a farm so I could witness the influence of the eclipse on the animals behavior. Sadly the weather was really bad: overcast sky and rain all over northern France. Before the 2081 September 3 total solar eclipse, the 1999 August 11 one, showed us how popular, original and unforgettable this event is. On 2090 September 23rd, northern France will be again under the moon’s shadow for another total solar eclipse at sunset. Unfortunately I won’t likely see them from my home! The few following photos were taken during the few moments when the Sun was appearing through the clouds (there was no real clearing for the whole eclipse).