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Tim, Georgie and Anthony Napier Munn and Alison Beck(back) from the Astronomical Association of Queensland are filtered up and ready to go!
Solar Crescents Projected by pinholes
Canadians Howard and Louise have observed many eclipses. Howard, a long time eclipse chaser, having started with March 7, 1970 in the US.
Louise Klein has been to 4 total eclipses in 1998, 1999, 2006 and 2009. This eclipse was Howard Simkover's 19th total eclipse.
The Napier Munn family arrive the the site north of Mareeba and begin to unpack.
Alison Beck raring to go!
Tim Napier-Munn, president of the Astronomical Association of Queensland wrote in the December newsletter : -
When at the November OGM I asked for a show of hands of those who
had witnessed either the partial solar eclipse in Brisbane or the total
eclipse in North Queensland, I think I’m right in saying that every
single person in the lecture theatre, apart from three young visitors at
the back, raised their hand!
It really was a spectacular event and was successfully observed by many
of our members, including well over 30 who travelled to the Cairns
region to observe it. Many of these travelled in a group brilliantly
organised by Joe Cali and I would like to thank Joe for the wonderful
job that he did under difficult circumstances, down to providing aircraft
to take some people to the west side of Cape York to try and avoid clouds
and hiring his very own meteorologist who in the final days was providing
forecasts every 4 hours! It was my and my family’s first total eclipse and all
I can say is that the hype is if anything understated. We watched it with
Alison Beck and a couple from Canada (19-eclipse veterans) next to a cane
field just north of Mareeba. Al kindly provided the celebratory champagne.
Shortly after the end of totality I found myself talking about how I would do
things differently ‘next time’ so I may have caught the bug. The next day
Georgie and I hosted a BBQ for AAQ members and friends at the Trinity Beach
Resort where many of us were staying, which was a very pleasant way to wind
down and share experiences.
- Tim Napier-Munn