Black Sea Eclipse '99 Voyages to Darkness
Wednesday, August 11, 1999
FIRST CONTACT: 12:49pm Eastern European Daylight Time (GMT +3)
SECOND CONTACT: 2:13:49pm
THIRD CONTACT: 2:16:10pm
At the position of totality, fourth contact occurred at 3.36 pm. The sun's altitude above the horizon was 59 °, and the sun's azimuth was approximately 210 ° (or 30 degrees west of south). The position of Royal Olympic's four ships was latitude 43 ° 6.615 minutes north,longitude 29° 43.069 minutes east, approximately 75 miles east of Varna, Bulgaria, 115 miles north of Turkey, 150 miles south of Ukraine, and 210 miles west of Russia, on the eclipse centerline in about 600 fathoms (3600 feet/1100 meters) of water.
Eclipse duration was 2 minutes and 21 seconds.
At totality the air temperature was 82 ° Fahrenheit/28 ° Celcius, and the sea temperature was 77 ° Fahrenheit/25 ° Celcius. The magnetic compass, variation was 4 ° 5 minutes east.
The following eclipse photographs were taken by Voyage to Darkness astrophotographer George T. Keene , from the Stella Solaris. All photographs were taken on Kodak Ektachrome Film ISO 400, using a 4-inch f/9 lens. |
Additional eclipse photographs taken by Voyage to Darkness passengers and staff will be posted on their respective cruise aboard the Stella Solaris, the Olympic Countess, World Renaissance, and Stella Oceanis
The Pedas-Sigler eclipse flag has proudly flown from the masts
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