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 […]

October 16, 2013 0 comment
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 […]

July 24, 2013 1 Comment
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, with the disc of the Moon no longer fully covering the Sun.  Instead, a ‘ring of fire’ remains.  Even though the light is greatly reduced, […]

May 7, 2013 4 Comments
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 […]

March 9, 2013 0 comment
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 […]

December 28, 2012 0 comment
Cultural observations within the path of totality

I have now returned to 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, […]

October 24, 2012 0 comment
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.  I am now reflecting on how different the process is of publishing a book versus completing academic work. Academic writing I have spent many years in formal academic study, writing thesis after thesis for each […]

September 18, 2012 0 comment
Stunning image of the Annular Eclipse May 2012

I saw this image taken by Colleen Pinski a few weeks ago following the Annular eclipse in May 2012 across Asia and North America.  This picture of the eclipsed sun setting is one of the most stunning eclipse images I have ever seen.  There is not much for me to say about it – it speaks for itself.  […]

August 12, 2012 0 comment
Awesome research

  A recent article on awe published in Psychological Science by three American business school researchers has been making the rounds of online magazines and blogs this weekend.   In this experimental study, the researchers explored the impact of awe by either eliciting memories of experiences of awe, or by creating awe using images.   They found that those […]

July 22, 2012 1 Comment
A four year drought

  The countdown is on until the next total eclipse – 13/14 November.  Only 126 days to go!  It has been some time since I actually saw my last total eclipse.  The last one was on July 11, 2010 over Polynesia, Chile and Argentina.  I had to miss that one due to my partner Geordie […]

July 10, 2012 0 comment