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Total Eclipse

A total solar eclipse is one of the most amazing sights of the natural world.

By an extraordinary quirk of geometry the apparent sizes of the Moon and Sun are nearly equal in our sky and when the Moon passes directly between Earth and the Sun the result is a spectacular piece of natural theatre for those lucky enough to be within the narrow band of the Earth's surface beneath the shadow. During the minutes of totality the sky darkens and the earth is bathed in a dusky light. Stars and planets become visible and the wispy sun’s corona and solar prominences can also be seen. The final act of totality is the stunning 'diamond ring' which occurs as the first rays of sunshine can be seen emerging around the moons limb. To find out more about total eclipses please see our total eclipse guide.

Eclipses can occur anywhere in the world and travelling to these extraordinary events can take you to some very unusual and remote locations. In the next few years total eclipses will occur in Indonesia (2016) and the United States (2017) and you can be sure that our eclipse tours will be in the best place to see the eclipse and our itineraries will include some great travel experiences too.

In advance of any eclipse Explorers staff research and visit the countries and establish the best viewing points, review the hotels and excursions. Our experience as a worldwide tour operator then allows us to build exciting itineraries that capture the flavour of the country and where possible include other locations appealling to those with astronomical and broadly scientific interests. 

Eclipses are few and far between so you might want to see other astronomical phenomena such as the Northern Lights whilst we wait for shadow of the moon to once again touch the earth.

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Viewing a solar eclipse
Photographing an eclipse
Eclipse in the Pacific by A.Cockburn
Local Eclipse Watcher - Kenya 2010