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The total solar eclipse of 2009 was again in China.  Though the weather made things very touch-and-go, we managed to successfully view it.  Click on the photo to check out the whole eclipse story.

2009 Total Solar Eclipse

2009 Total Solar Eclipse

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2008 Solar Eclipse

2008 Solar Eclipse

While the year isn’t over yet, it’s safe to say that the highlight of the year (astronomically speaking) was the 2008 solar eclipse which I photographed from China.

Eclipse shadows

Eclipse pinhole images.

From our viewing site, totality was short and the sun was very low in the sky, but both factors added to the impact of the eclipse.  In particular, the sun’s low altitude contributed warm sunset tones to the overall visual effect.

Continuous cloud cover over most of Asia, and even a thunderstorm the night before added drama to the build-up to the eclipse.  And as usual, Jean and I tacked on “side trips”, turning an eclipse less than 2 minutes long into a 3-week odyssey through Korea, China, and Mongolia… but that is another story.