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Photographer preparing equipment thirty minutes before totality

The culmination of over 10,000 miles of our travel through Southeast Asia and Indonesia was a three-minute, seven-second event: the total solar eclipse of March 18, 1988.

Viewing totality is stirring emotional experience that Abby and I will remember for a long time.

In Bangkok, we joined an eclipse expedition led by Sky and Telescopeeditor, Leif Robinson. The distinguished group of scientists and experts in the expedition included astronaut Michael Collins, NASA astronomer Steven Edberg, meteorologist Jay Anderson, Timescience editor Leon Jaroff and Fred Hess of the Hayden Planetarium.

After two days in Bangkok, we flew to Singapore to board the cruise ship Golden Odyssey. We sailed south of the Equator to the island of Bali, then north into the Celebes Sea. Around 4 a.m., the morning of the eclipse, the Captain suddenly changed the ship's course to outrun a storm front approaching from the Philippines. The retreat, 80 miles to the south, paid off. At 2 degrees 54 minutes north latitude, the skies were the clearest yet observed by any expedition viewing the eclipse.

Introduction I Partial Solar Eclipses I Total Solar Eclipse I Lunar Eclipse I Comets I Miscellaneous
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