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Annular Solar Eclipse from Gilbert Islands

6 Jun 2013, 22:00 UTC
Annular Solar Eclipse from Gilbert Islands
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Joanne and I travelled to the northern Tarawa island, Kiribati (Gilbert Islands) to witness the annular solar eclipse of 10 May 2013. The pictures at flickr are taken during the entire annular solar eclipse, and are a few of the 3000 images taken with the Lunt35 H-Alfa telescope and DMK 41AU02.AS CCD camera on EQ2 mount. The weather conditions were excellent and overall we missed only 10 minutes of coverage between contact I and contact IV due to some clouds. The observation with H-Alfa prolonged the annularity duration from 6 to 7 minutes. You can see the prominences and Bealy’s beads near II and III contact in the pictures. The local times are in the file name of each picture. We were the only tourists on the desolated northern Tarawa island - truly paradise! Not bad for our 41th solar eclipse.

Patrick Poitevin

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