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 Total Solar Eclipse of 2002 December 4
 near Andamooka, Australia

To observe the total solar eclipse on December 4, 2002, I went in Australia. This eclipse was also visible from Southern Africa before Australia. But in order to maximize the chances of observing in the best weather conditions, it was much better to choose the australian outback, even though the eclipse duration would only be of 30 secondes in Australia, in comparison with over a minute in Africa.
It was also worth to observe the end of the eclipse at sunset. The sky was perfectly blue and clear, however a 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting wind was triggering vibrations on the photographic equipment.


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Circumstances Eclipse 2002
Circumstances of the eclipse
(courtesy of Fred Espenak, NASA/GSFC)

Sky Eclipse 2002
Number of clear sky days in December
in Australia
(courtesy of Fred Espenak, NASA/GSFC and Jay Anderson)

Map Andamooka Australia Eclipse 2002
Path of Totality map
near Purple Downs - Australia

Sky Eclipse 2002
Sky during the eclipse

Eclipse 2002
Right after first contact

Eclipse 2002
Partial phase

Eclipse 2002
Partial phase

Eclipse 2002
Partial phase

Eclipse 2002
Partial phase

Eclipse 2002
Partial phase

Eclipse 2002
Partial phase

Eclipse 2002
Partial phase

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