Djodeiri Khodashenas, Director of Sayeh Research Group,
with some great astronomers and scientists of the world
is waiting for totality of 2005 in the waters of the
which is observable only
within the ocean.
Totality of 2005 is a
hybrid eclipse and its saros is 129. This type of
eclipse is a rare type which is total in one part of its
path and annular in the other part. Annular part can
form the first and the last part of the path or
reversely the mean part and also for the total eclipse,
it can be assumed.
type occurs because of a specified distance of moon
between sun and the earth which their size are nearly
the same in the observer's view on the earth. The
eclipse will be visible 42 seconds in its maximum point
and the passengers of this tour observe it in a point in
which the totality lasts 34 seconds.
It should be mentioned
because of the exceptional situation of this eclipse,
observers of totality see an amazing exposure of Baily's
Beads which is a phenomenon observed during the progress
towards a total solar eclipse just before totality and
again just after totality. As the moon gradually
obscures the disc of the sun, the final thin crescent
appears to be broken up into a string of bright beads
because the mountains and valleys of the moon make its
Djodeiri Khodashenas, following sayeh group annular
plans upon photography and filming of totalities of the
world, started his trip from
on March 30 aimed to
Galapagos archipelago and returns to
after filming and
cruise has started since March 31 and is continuing to
April 14. some great astronomers and scientists has
participated this tour such as: Professor Jay M.
Pasachoff field memorial professor of astronomy at
Williams College, director of Hopkins observatory,
commission on education and development of the
International Astronomical Union the greatest and the
most well-known astronomy institute of the world; Fred
Espenak is an astrophysicist at NASA's Goddard space
flight center is another traveller of the tour; David H.
Levy is one of the most successful discoverer which has
discovered 21 comets so far. With Eugene and Carolyn
Shoemaker he discovered the very well-known comet
Levy-Shoemaker 9. Levy is the author or editor of 29
books including the popular Skywatching complex for the
Nature company; David Eicher from Astronomy magazine,
and founder of Deep Sky magazine and the one for who the
International Astronomical Union named a minor planet,
3617 Eicher, in recognition of his services to
astronomy; Michael Bakich, associate editor of Astronomy
magazine, holds a degree in Astronomy from Ohio state
and a degree in planetarium education from Michigan.
Michael wrote three books for
university press; Klipsi
is a well-known eclipse chaser; and at last Vic and Jen
Winter astrophotographers and owners of Astronomical
Tours and JPL/NASA solar system ambassadors.
group, visit the beautiful islands of Galapagos during
the trip. They have visited Bartolome, El Barranco
Genovesa, Darwin Bay Genovesa, Peurto Egas, Rabida,
Punta Espinoza and Caleta Tagus islands so far. They
move in the ocean toward point of observation from April
4 to 7. On Friday, March 8 the eclipse
occurs. They returns back after the eclipse to Galapagos
and gets there on April 12. Then, they visit three other
islands on March 12 and 13 including Puerto Villamil,
Cerro Deragon and Seymour. On March 14 the scientific
cruise ends after reaching to Baltra port in Galapagos.
Djodeiri Khodashenas, films and takes pictures of the
trip totally like 2003 in Antarctic cruise.
so hopeful to web cast the eclipse through his site but
because of faults in communication facilities of the
ship, it seems impossible.
There are some photos sent by Hamid D. Khodashenas
taken in Galapagos Islands. For seeing them click here