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    Posted July 13, 2010 by
    El Calafate, Argentina
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    Travel photo of the day

    Total Solar Eclipse, 11 July 2010, Patagonia, Argentina


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     BorealBlog1 traveled from Tucson, AZ, to Argentina just to see Sunday's eclipse. He describes himself as an eclipse chaser and says this is his 12th experience doing so.
    - nsaidi, CNN iReport producer

    I set a camcorder on a tripod in the Patagonian snow and pointed it at the mostly eclipsed Sun.  I didn't use a filter because of the low Sun elevation.  I then just turned on the camcorder and let it run.  I had a wonderful young lady for whom this was her first total eclipse standing next to me.  Next to seeing a total solar eclipse, showing it to a first timer is one of the most enjoyable things I can do.  She desperately wanted to see this eclipse, and her emotions not unusual; the difficulty of getting to Patagonia, the weather forecasts, the site, a long ride uphill to 1000 m elevation in the snow and wind all made it difficult.  The view of this eclipse was absolutely spectacular, and I've seen 12 total solar eclipses all over the world.  It's why some of us go to the ends of the Earth to view them.  We have no guarantees on the weather, and Patagonia was completely cloudy 24 hours earlier. But we were lucky!  Eclipse-City (http://www.eclipse-city.com/) got us there.  Near the end of the eclipse, notice the light coming in from the left of the screen.  This is the edge and the end of the Moon's shadow.  Because we were at the absolute end of the eclipse track sweeping across the world, the shadow lifted off the Earth.  On the video, the Sun re-appears; when I looked behind me, I saw the black shadow head off into space.  It was simply incredible.  For a still of the Moon's shadow and the eclipsed Sun in the middle, visit http://michaelspinnersmith.com and you will see it.


    Next annular (ring) eclipse in SW US 20 May 2012 (the above Web page has a picture of last January's annular eclipse in Kenya); next total 14 Nov 2012 in northern Australia.  Will I try to be there?  Absolutely!

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