Re: Off Topic: Total Eclipse viewed from Mir

Phillip Clark (
Wed, 18 Aug 1999 20:55:35 +0100 (BST)

On Wed, 18 Aug 1999, Jeff Hunt wrote:
> I recently came across a photo taken my Jean-Pierre Haignere from Mir
> over Europe on Aug 11 at 10:13 UT.
> I had seen geo-sat pictures before but this low altitude shot really shows
> up the shadow well.

I was doing the eclipse commentary for BBC World TV from the time that 
Cornwall was blacked out until totality ended in India.   I had alerted 
the BBC to the fact that EUMETSAT were going to be posting images of the 
eclipse onto their web site at 10 minute intervals, but they did not pick 
up on that.   However, at short notice and maybe one circuit after the 
pictures were taken the BBC was able to show a short movie from Mir 
showing the shadow across what I assume was western Europe.   From where 
I was in the studio there wasn't a good view of the TV monitor but the 
pictures didn't look to be high quality.

Phillip Clark

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