Welcome to the site that focuses on the awesome and sublime nature event - the Total Solar Eclipse.  This site is for anyone who is fascinated by the total eclipse – whether you are already an eclipse chaser, or whether it is on your bucket list of things to do as a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  (Ha!  Eclipse chasers know there is no such thing – once you experience one, you become totally addicted. For life.)

Seeing a total eclipse is a pretty special and unique event.  The focus of this site is on the human experience of the total solar eclipse – what it is like, and how it affects people when they experience it.  I hope this site will be a place where people want to share their experiences.  You can help by commenting upon pages and posts, and contributing your own experiences over time.  You will note that I am not a regular blogger on this site, but I use my  Facebook Page far more regularly.  So join me – share your passion for Being in the Shadow.

Check out what some people said when they saw their very first Total Solar Eclipse on November 14 2012 in North Queensland, Australia.  Click HERE to read.

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Vicki July 23, 2012 at 4:31 am

Wow! Is it really only 113 days until the next eclipse?? Love the counter counting down the days for us! :-)


Joyce Murray September 5, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Got your book yesterday, Kate. Congratulations.Hope to have it read by your book launch!! Joyce&Denis.x


Kate September 5, 2012 at 8:32 pm

Thanks for the support, Joyce & Denis. Looking forward to chatting about it with you both next week at the Belfast Launch. Do you know, Joyce, there is a comment in the book that was prompted by something you said to me – see if you can spot it! K


steve wall September 17, 2012 at 6:45 pm

I will read your book as soon as I obtain a copy, Kate. Of course, I read a fair bit of your stuff in the distant past. I live in Mossman with my wife Angela. Maybe we can link up when you visit this area for the Eclipse.


Kate September 17, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Hi Steve – I’m assuming you are the same very Steve that I knew in Townsville all those years ago? Email me at kate@bits.com (write out in full) and we’ll link up when I’m in Oz. You’ll have a great view of the eclipse in Mossman. Hope you are well!


Xavier November 2, 2012 at 1:01 am

Hi Kate,

Happy birthday!

I got your book a few weeks ago. Hope to meet you around Cairns in a week.



ElipseNQ November 20, 2012 at 1:58 am

Saw the Eclipse in Cairns, from the front yard. Retired immediately to the studio to put together some background music inspired by the experience while it was still fresh for me. I wanted to convey the majesty, beauty and the surreal quality of the experience in music as best I could. For me, self expression through music is self expression in it’s purist form. Music is the native language of the soul, if you ask me. So the music I wrote after the eclipse and used in the video we shot of the eclipse was my attempt to record and convey the experience as completely as possible.

Here’s a link to our video of the Nov 2012 eclipse, seen from Gordonvale. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTbIufApsSk

Heard you’re staying in town (Cairns) talking to people after the eclipse, I’d be happy to have a chat with you. :)


Kate November 22, 2012 at 10:22 am

HI – thanks for posting on my website. IT’s a great video, and I like how you were inspired to write the music straight away. Thanks so much for sharing. Yes – I’m talking to folk and doing interviews / talks / surveys. IF you haven’t already done so, complete the survey following links on this website – that’s how I’m contacting people. I also think you were very lucky to see it – check out that final lot of cloud moments after third contact! K


Janeene February 11, 2013 at 10:51 am

Hi Kate – just to say thanks for your empowering authors’ workshop last Friday. I loved that you brought (what was that psychological tool you used?) into the workshop. Fascinated as I’ve always been with psychology, it was interesting to have that slightly different slant on “being an author”. Most workshops focus on the process of writing, whereas your approach looks at the hows and whys of our positive and negative approach to the art. Our internal mechanisms can sabotage our efforts, and given that I seem to sabotage myself occasionally in life’s journey, I just LOVED the group discussion. So interesting to know that others have the same fears. And fascinating to learn little ‘tricks’. Thanks :)


Astronomy programme October 28, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Your style is really unique in comparison to other folks I’ve read stuff from.
I appreciate you for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I’ll just book mark this page.


Dr. Satyendra Bhandari November 26, 2013 at 8:35 am

Hi Kate,
Chanced upon to visit yr website and how wonderful it is to read all the interesting stuff about eclipses – partial, annular and total. I have myself had the opportunity to be under the Moon’s shadow quite a few times for scientific studies, including once in Antarctica (Nov. 23, 2003) and another time in the Arctic (Aug. 1, 2008) and what an experience all these have been – enchanting and unforgettable. I have also met and interacted with great eclipse chasers like Jay Pasachoff, Jay Anderson, Xavier Jubier, Sheridan Williams and others at SPACE, New Delhi (INDIA)… I am amazed at your efforts to write books like Totality and train others for it. I too dream and feel like doing so. I have some ability, but I do not see people like you around me in India to help people in getting started. There is hardly any effort going on around me. I can easily write ‘nice’ reports but I feel it requires much ore than that – creative style – to write a book. Would certainly like to learn from you as and when possible. If I get a chance, I could help review your books for any agency. Or be a part of your efforts to observe and write about Eclipses. – Satyendra Bhandari


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