Lunar eclipse from the land of the Inca

On April 15th, 2014 the moon will be eclipsed by the shadow of the earth. This marks the first of four eclipses occurring about 6 months part, called an eclipse tetrad. The last tetrad was a decade ago, and the next is not due until 2032.
The best eclipse visibility will be from North America and parts of South America. A team of GLORIA astronomers will celebrate this astronomical spectacle with a live broadcast from the city of Cusco, Peru, in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Throughout Europe, totality will not be visible. However the Teide volcano, at 3718m altitude on the island of Tenerife, offers an intriguing observational prospect. When a total lunar eclipse occurs close to sunrise or sunset at Teide, the shadow of the volcano aligns perfectly with the eclipsed moon. This unique phenomenon will be observable during the eclipse of April 15th and will be broadcast live.

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Total solar eclipse 2013 – Kenya

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The lions sleep… today. Yes it’s true. On the 3rd of November 2013 a total solar eclipse will cross Central Africa, and some adventurous GLORIA team members will take a walk on the wild East side of Turkana Lake in Kenya to record and broadcast the event live (see below for details). This UNESCO World Heritage Site is also known as the cradle of humanity. Our ancestors could not predict the occurrence of eclipses as we do. However, even armed with our scientific knowledge, the experience of an eclipse remains as spectacular to us as it must have been for them. The fact that this one is occurring during the year of maximum solar activity, holds the promise of a particularly lovely spectacle to the privileged watchers.

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News from the Shelios 2013 expedition

Landscape view from Leif Eriksson Hostel in Quassiarsuk, South Greenland. In the distance, the Narsarsuaq airport and some icebergs coming from the Qoroq glacier. This is the site of the August 28th live webcast of the Aurora.

The team of 15 people of the Shelios 2013 expedition arrived to Narsarsuaq, Greenland, on August 22nd. After visiting the camp sites in the Qaleraliq glacier and the Tasiusaq village, today (Aug. 28th) we arrived to Leif Eriksson Hostel (Tasermiut – located in Quassiarsuk. In front of us Narsarsuaq airport and some icebergs (see the picture).

With some difficulties due to the bad weather, on arrival at the observation sites we set up and tested the satellite connection and put in place all our cameras. On the 24th everything was ready … but the sky was almost always cloudy and the temperature around 3 degrees.
Sky only partly visible on the 22nd, day of arrival, and then, as you can see from our twits, we had to wait until the night of the 26th to get a clear night. A night good for the live transmission and fabulous to take spectacular pictures. Have a look for example to this Flickr set and to this YouTube video.

Some photos of the expedition are available at here

Today, August 28th the day is sunny and weather forecast for the night is good. In a few hours the “aurora dancing” will cover the skies.

M. Serra-Ricart from Greenland

Aurora Borealis back on air from Greenland

The maximum of the solar activity is approaching! Like in 2012, an expedition to observe the Aurora Borealis from the south of Greenland will take place in the period 24-29 August. Named Shelios 2013, the expedition is promoted by the scientific-cultural association Shelios and is coordinated by its president Miquel Serra-Ricart, astronomer of the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands and member of the GLORIA Project. A daily broadcast from the surroundings of the Qaleraliq glacier will be available on the web.

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