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Solar Eclipse Tour Reviews

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eclipse-tourSolar Eclipse tour to Indonesia and Bali was excellent, very well thought out itinerary, outstanding leader (Cengiz), the comfort of traveling in a small friendly group. Cengiz did an excellent job in finding the best spot to view the eclipse and we had a private tent with hot/cold drinks and sandwiches at the site which was admired by many other travelers from other tour companies. I am looking forward to travel with Eclipse Traveler on many eclipses to come. 

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sofitel tahiti dancersI appreciate all your efforts for the tour.It was the first experience to see whole solar total eclipse I couldn't see in China. I learned a lot of things through the travel including many experiences in islands. The tour was perfect. I'd like to use this experience for my job and if I could come back to a teacher, do for my classes.
Best regards,
Osamu

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eclipseAlan and I returned home yesterday. We wanted to thank you for the amazing trip you set up . Of course, the total solar eclipse was awesome . My favorite places were Moorea and Bora Bora. We enjoyed the tour on Moorea and the lagoon cruise in Bora Bora, all beautiful venues with superb accommodations and great food. We have many good memories. Many thanks.  2012 is coming up and we will keep Eclipse Traveler in mind. Thank you again and best wishes.
Sincerely,
Diane Tokugawa and Alan Gould

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My husband and I had been in Turkey in 1994 as part of an independent ’round-the-world trip and had often talked of returning. Eclipse Traveler's 15-day tour that included the 2006 solar eclipse sounded almost too good to be true. When we checked their website and learned it also included several days in Cappadocia, we called and made our reservations for the March 19-April 2006 trip. 

This was our first trip as part of a tour group, and we couldn’t have been more satisfied. The price of $1,925 included airfare from New York’s JFK to Istanbul; hotels; all breakfasts and

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solar 7 I am writing to thank you for taking such good care of my client Jana Becker. She was on the July 2008 eclipse tour and had a fantastic time!!!. I also appreciate you remembering her birthday. It was so special to her and she was overjoyed. I truly appreciate what you did for her... I just want you to know that I would love any info you can send me on future trips of interest as I will highly recommend you and look forward to working with you again!

With warm regards,

Mary Lou Zarlengo

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We returned from our honeymoon a few days ago and it was absolutely fantastic. We would like to thank you both and to a tahitian agency with whom you cooperated for such a fantastic experience. The whole honeymoon was prepared and organized in an excellent way. Moreover we had best rooms everywhere. Even our overwater bungalow was the last in the line so we could enjoy a beautiful view. In particular, we would like to thank you for an extraordinary experience with sun eclipse. We are happy we could be a part of this group. In addition, we particularly appreciate

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5 Reasons to Go

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You get to see one one of the most amazing natural phenomena

You get to see one one of the most amazing natural phenonoma - A total solar eclipse is one of the most amazing natural phenonema that you'll ever see. There's nothing else quite like it. Every eclipse is a different length - which is one of the most noticeable differences from eclipse to eclipse. As totality approaches, the environment noticably changes. Temperature drops of over 10 degrees are not unusual. You'll be able to see "Bailey Beeds" - which is where light from the sun breaks through the uneven surface of the moon. The diamond ring effect marks the beginning and end of totality as a bright flash of light and is one of the most amazing parts of the eclipse. 

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You get to travel all over the world

The next total eclipses will be visible in such places as Queensland in 2012, Spiztzbergen in 2015, Indonesia in 2015, across the mainland United States in 2017 and, finally, Chile / Argentina in 2019. That doesn't include annular or partial eclipses. We've already been to South Australia (2002), Turkey (2006) and China in 2009 and Hao Atoll (Tahiti) in 2010 for totality. You don't get too much more diverse than that. 

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A different experience every time

The environment noticably changes during an eclipse. If animals are around (as they were in China) they'll make preparations to goto sleep as though it were night time - in contrast there were no animals during our trip toTurkey in 2006. With totality approaching, the temprature will drop noticeably - 10 degrees is not unusual. Shadow bands (wavy lines of alternating light and dark) are often also present during solar eclipses – they were very noticeable in Turkey and not present at all at Hangzhou. Shadows cast on the ground will appear to be much harsher than usual and the edges will be very well defined.

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Eclipses aren't just for astronomers

Right enough, the "Instrument Wallahs" will be there - but don't let that put you off and don't disturb them when they're setting up their kit or during totality. (You have been warned!) Trust me on this - the spectacle of seeing one of the worlds most phenomenal, errr, phenoma (different every time!) while globe-trotting around the world isn't enough to keep you happy then there's no helping you. You don't have to be an astronomer to appreciate the spectacle or change in enviornment. 

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Photographic challenge

Practice safe sun (your retina is delicate and irreplaceable) if you want to observe or photograph any eclipse. There's several ways you can approach this challenge. Even with a simple point and shoot-type camera, it's possible to get some pretty good shots of the environment. Peruse eclipse pictures on Flickr for an idea of what you can achieve. A long lens and tripod are necessary if you want to photograph the eclipse itself - but the efforts are usually worth it. 

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Eclipse Lectures by:

donald-goldsmith

Donald Goldsmith received his Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of California, Berkeley in 1969. He taught at Stony Brook University before becoming a full-time popularizer, and has written, co-written, or edited 18 books on astronomy and physics. His book "Origins," co-written with Neil Tyson, was the companion volume to the four-hour PBS series with the same title. Dr. Goldsmith worked on Carl Sagan's "COSMOS" series, and on Neil Tyson's series of the same name, and was the science editor and co-writer of the six-part PBS series "THE ASTRONOMERS." He has written many popular articles for journals such as Scientific American, Natural History, Discover, and Astronomy. Dr. Goldsmith has seen ten total solar eclipses, including those for which he was an astronomy guide in Zambia, Hawaii, Chile, and the Galapagos Islands.

About Solar Eclipse

  • Glossary of Terms
  • FAQ About Solar Eclipse
  • Types of Solar Eclipses

annular eclipse - A solar eclipse in which the Moon's antumbral shadow traverses Earth (the Moon is too far from Earth to completely cover the Sun). During the maximum phase of an annular eclipse, the Sun appears as a blindingly bright

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What is a Solar Eclipse ?

An eclipse of the sun occurs when the moon revolving in its orbit around the earth comes between the sun and the earth. The moon blocks the light of the sun and a shadow of

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There are four types of solar eclipses:

  1. A total eclipse occurs when the Sun is completely obscured by the Moon. The intensely bright disk of the Sun is replaced by the dark silhouette of the Moon, and the much fainter
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