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Total Solar Eclipse - 22 July 2009

The Glory


Following our successful eclipse viewing, we left the tour group to go to Tibet (see full trip photos) where we again were lucky with the weather. The surprisingly dry and relatively warm weather even at the high altitudes of Tibet allowed me to even do some night-sky photography.

Even when the weather was cloudy, there were some bonus moments. Here, the optical phenomenon known as the "Glory" was briefly visible when a thin bank of clouds blew through the high pass we had stopped at to view a Himalayan panorama of 8000+ meter peaks.

Eventually, we did see all three peaks (Makalu, Everest, and Cho Oyu), though not all at the same time.

Moonlight views of Mt. Everest (Quomolungma) views taken during our overnight stay near the Rongphu Monastery at about 4920 meters (over 16,000 ft.)

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Preliminaries  |   Arrival in China  |   Eclipse Day  |  Eclipse Views  |  Photos from Tibet
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