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 Total Solar Eclipse of 2008 August 1st
 Xinjiang Province, China

To observe the 2008 August 1st total solar eclipse, my "Eclipse-City" associates and myself have setup two viewing locations in China : the first one in the Xinjiang Province and the second north of Jinta in the Gansu Province. With up to 200 attendees Eclipse-City’s InterSoles conference took place in Jiayuguan on July 31st.
Following recent events in China, we have decided to relocate our international scientists group from one of our two chinese eclipse viewing sites to the other. While the relocation proved to be a difficult and challenging task on such a short term notice, both viewing sites saw totality and experiments were carried out successfully. The Institute for Astronomy in Hawaii has made a short report mentioning our Eclipse-City camp from where they observed the eclipse.

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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Eclipse 2008 Weizixiao

With the help of Eclipse-City, the local chinese authorities decided to build an astronomy-related square in Weizixia.
Weizixiao 2008 Eclipse-City Astronomy Plaza Planetarium Exhibition Hall
Sketch drawing of Eclipse-City’s astronomy plaza and buildings for planetarium and exhibition halls

Weizixiao Eclipse 2008 Eclipse-City Astronomy Plaza
On paper in mandarin

Construction Work Weizixiao Eclipse-City Astronomy Plaza
Starting the construction work at Weizixia’s Eclipse-City astronomy plaza

Construction Work Weizixiao Eclipse-City Astronomy Plaza Facing West
Weizixia’s Eclipse-City astronomy plaza facing west

Construction Work Weizixiao Eclipse-City Astronomy Plaza Facing North
Weizixia’s Eclipse-City astronomy plaza facing north

Weizixiao Eclipse-City Tent Outside
Eclipse-City tents in Weizixia

Weizixiao Eclipse-City Tent Inside
Inside of the Eclipse-City tents in Weizixia

Weizixiao Eclipse-City Astronomy Plaza Sundial
Sundial at Weizixia’s Eclipse-City astronomy plaza

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Last page update on August 7, 2008.
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