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Eclipse Trips – The Real Experience

Part of the Astronomers' Observing Guides book series (OBSERVING)

It might be thought that total solar eclipse trips are simply astronomical expeditions, i.e. hundreds (and thousands) of like-minded amateur astronomers heading to see the greatest show on Earth for a few brief minutes. However, after you have been on a few eclipse holidays you realise that they are much more than that. Totality is a painfully short experience. Even when you have been to quite a few eclipses you are still shocked when totality ends. Spectacular though the event is, few people (except the diehard umbraphiles) plan for years and spend thousands of dollars just for a buzz, lasting a few minutes. Unless a total solar eclipse just happens to occur very close to your part of the world, travelling to one will probably be part of a major holiday, so you might as well pack as much quality time into that holiday as possible. Relaxing with friends at a café or bar, overlooking some spectacular scenery, can be most enjoyable, as depicted in Fig. 8.1.

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