Solar Eclipse in the Arctic Ocean - 2008 Aug. 01
Dr. Wolfgang Strickling
page in German
Our voyage into the
Barents Sea for eclipse observation was successful. We found a
on the centerline with low cloudiness and without fog, so that we
observe the eclipse in its full length.
As we were on a moving ship, we were limited in focal length and
From my Tracklog
i could read our position at totality time. It was 79° 51.60'
N, 42° 04.2 ' E at 09:50 UTC. For this position i get the
following contact times, calculated with Eclipse Orchestrator
1st Contact: 10:48:47 CEST (Position 79° 47' N, 42° 15' E)
View our Tracklog in Google® Earth.
2nd Contact: 11:49:00 CEST
Mid: 11:50:10 CEST
3rd Contact: 11:51:17 CEST
4th Contact: 12:51:23 CEST (Position 79° 54' N, 42° 32' E)
Two images of the
chromosphere at second contact, exp. time 1/4000 s, ISO 100 and
300 mm f/4.5 mirror telephoto lens.
A processed sum image of
several different exposures.
Exp times max 1/125 s at ISO 1600.
angle images during totality, with Venus and Mercury, taken
with FinePix F40fd in night exposure mode.
Small picture right: At the end
of totality the sky presented a firework of colors.
Below: Fisheye-shots with my Peleng 8mm F/5,6 on
Fujicolor 200 color print film Camera sequence automatically made by
my Eclipse Observer. Beginning, mid
and end of totality.
Similar to my previous eclipses i could get meteorologic
Unfortunately my recorder failed due to the low temperature just
totality time, so i did not get the sky brightness during central
of the eclipse.
The decrease of temperature was surprisingly high, although
our ship's position was far awy from land.
The temperatures fell from 5.1 °C at 09:43 UTC to 0.5 °C
at 10:23 UTC. It was not before 12 o'clock UTC before
temperature rose again due to the vanishing of fog, which
observation of the second partial phase.
I made temperature recordings with two sensors: one in 1.5 m
the other with 1 m height, which was not shielded against the
radion as good as the first one. So it recorded slighly higher
temperatures than the other one.
The indicated wind speed was primarily caused by the ship's speed.
You can download a table with my measurements as a CSV-file here
. A Click on the graph
opens a pdf-document..
You can also download a GPS track log in GPX-file format here
. Members of
our travel group may receive a complete Travel log on request, as
far as i recorded it.
© 2008 Dr.
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