Mongolia TSE 2008

We’re off to join eclipse chasers from the world round to get lost in the wilds of Mongolia, all to witness a total solar eclipse. On August 1, the moon’s shadow will trace a path along a narrow tract of the Earth’s surface (relatively speaking) over northern Canada and Greenland, the Arctic, central Russia, Mongolia, and China. Our goal is to witness what others say is a “life changing event” – getting there should prove a life changing experience in and of itself.

Our eclipse journey takes us west of a town called Olgii to the Tavan Bogd National Park, where we’ll be camping on the banks of the Hoton Lake. The eclipse begins on August 1 at 11:00 UT, with totality lasting 2:09 minutes. Check out the path of the moon’s shadow and our eclipse camp and viewing spots with Google Earth: Eclipse_2008

5:56 pm: First contact (partial eclipse begins)

6:57 pm: Second contact (totality begins)

6:59 pm: Third contact (totality ends)

7:56 pm: Fourth contact (partial eclipse ends)

Then, we’re off to Korea to try not getting lost while testing out our upcoming Me No Speak title (to be published in the late fall).

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