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Researching eclipse weather using Citizen Science

One of the concerns about the up-and-coming total solar eclipse is the weather experienced along the path of totality during the month of March.  Existing weather statistics for the Faroe Islands taken from Vagar Airport collected over the past 20 years show that there is a high occurrence of cloud in March, and a high […]

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Planning for 2015 – Part Two

Earlier in March 2014 I revisited the Faroe Islands.  This was a practice run for the Total Eclipse of 2015.  I wanted to see first hand what the weather would be like, and what challenges needed to be overcome for the eclipse. Visiting in March reminded me of that Norwegian saying that there is no […]

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Planning for 2015 – Part One

  I recently have partnered with The Independent Traveller and am now leading the Eclipse Tour to the Faroe Islands in 2015.  We went recently to explore the islands, to identify several potential eclipse viewing sites, and the many other logistical things that are required when finalising a tour.  I find the islands a fascinating […]

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The Far North Queensland Eclipse of 2012

  The total eclipse of November 14 2012 was my 8th total eclipse.  Yet it was still as magical, amazing, and wondrous as ever.  This eclipse seemed particularly beautiful – the diamond ring seemed to hang suspended in time; and the eclipsed Sun appeared to be larger than I recall from previous total eclipses. Every […]

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Annular versus Total Solar Eclipse

  I am often asked to describe the difference between a Total and an Annular Solar Eclipse. The key difference is that the Moon is further away from the Earth during an Annular as compared to a Total Eclipse.  This gives the appearance of the Moon being smaller in the sky, and it no longer […]

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Beyond language

  At my Brisbane book launch, I was speaking with Terry, an eclipse chaser who did a lot of media during the last total eclipse in November 2012.  Terry recounted how every local person he interviewed immediately after the eclipse to share their experience could only say a few words – “It was awesome”.  “It […]

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Being an author – and giving something back

I had the idea for writing a book about my passion of eclipse chasing for many years. Many of my family and friends nagged me about it, saying that I should write about my eclipse chasing adventures.  The idea was always there, in the back of my mind.  But I always had doubts, or felt […]

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Cultural observations within the path of totality

I have now arrived in Cairns, the largest city within the path of totality for the November 14 total eclipse.  I like learning a little about the local culture when I travel to see an eclipse.   I am a North Queenslander myself,  so there is a lot that I already am aware of.  However, […]

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The Euphoria of a Book Launch

Two days ago, I had the Belfast launch party for the book Total Addiction:  The Life of an Eclipse Chaser.  It has made me reflect on how different the process is of publishing a book versus completing academic work.  I have spent many years in formal academic study, completing a thesis for each of my honors, […]

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