The Total Solar Eclipse of 2002-12-04 in Australia

The Total Solar Eclipse of 2002-12-04 in Australia


Background

My wife Blythe and I travelled to the Australian Outback to observe and photograph the total solar eclipse on 2002-12-04. Our viewing site was near Koolymilka. With coordinates of 13632' E. and 3058' S., we were directly on the center line and enjoyed 29 seconds of totality with the sun only 6 above the horizon. Sky conditions were perfect and we had a great view.

Photographs taken with a 0.10-m f/10.0 Meade Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope and Kodachrome 64 slide film (scanning and processing by Alan Dyer)

Short exposure showing the chromosphere

Longer exposure showing the corona