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Unread post by saraf » Wed Sep 21, 2005 6:51 pm

Herman's post about the camps and the answer that they were temporary for the eclipse made we wonder if any forum member got to go to the park for this?

If so it would be wonderful to read about your experiences.

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Unread post by Foxy » Wed Sep 21, 2005 7:21 pm

I was near Messina camping alongside the Limpopo River- we had a wonderful view of it. Was like diamonds falling down on us. Was an eerie feeling when it suddenly became darker, dogs barking, birds in a frenzy flying around. We were lucky as many clouds came up and cleared just in time for the main part of the eclipse. Great time.

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Unread post by wildtuinman » Thu Sep 22, 2005 6:33 am

I saw it from JHB. The Park was booked out completely when I caught a wakeup. I did however get a bottle of champagne and a kudu medallion celebrating the event. It was awesome to see how all animals knew something was wrong and how the wind started to pick up. Some crickets even started doing their crescendo!

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Unread post by Wild@Heart » Thu Sep 22, 2005 6:44 am

I was in a Jungle ... a concrete jungle ... right in the centre of JHB City ...
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Unread post by Jose » Thu Sep 22, 2005 7:29 am

I was in the Mutale River valley, just north of Thohoyandou.
Missed the totality because of the clouds, but here's 2 pics:

just before totality:
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just after:
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Unread post by Shidzidzii » Thu Sep 22, 2005 8:13 am

KNP accomodation was full more than a year in advance so I stayed at Tshipise and drove up into Punda Maria Gate and then the getout point on H1-7 for the day.
Clouds were sparse and thin so the totality was OK. Darkness was eerie rather than nighttime.

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Unread post by Foxy » Thu Sep 22, 2005 8:03 pm

Here is a website

http://www.comet-track.com/eclipse/secl02/secl02.html

B Yen who is an eclipse fanatic was also camping at our campsite but at a distance from the rest of the campers. He came over to chat to our group of campers - had an amazing range of camera's /equipment for photographing eclipses. Apparently he travels all over the world following eclipses.

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Unread post by lam » Sat Sep 24, 2005 3:35 pm

We were in Kruger for the eclipse. The clouds were quite thick, so we missed a lot of it.

What suprised me was how quickly it got dark. It was like someone turning down a dimmer switch, and then a few minutes later turning it back up.

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Unread post by arks » Mon Feb 13, 2006 12:39 am

I'm confused :? I'm hoping to do the star-gazing activity at Olifants later this year and obviously would want to avoid the time of the full moon. I'd discovered that the moon is full in the southern hemisphere @ two weeks before/after the date for full moon in the northern hemisphere ... or so several web sources have told me.

However, I see on tonight's webcam capture that there is clearly a nearly full moon shining over Orpen ... same as I would see here in Cambridge if it were not overcast and snowing. Full moon here is tomorrow, the 13th ... and I'd thought it would be on the 27th or 28th in KNP. According to the sources I've consulted, tonight or tomorrow should be new moon in SA and thus no moonlight at Orpen. Hence my confusion ... :wall:

Can someone knowledgable enlighten me here?
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Unread post by Krokodile » Mon Feb 13, 2006 1:14 am

Hi Arks

I'm definitely not knowledgeable, but this might be the information you need.

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Unread post by simonb6 » Mon Feb 13, 2006 1:27 am

Hi Arks

This site explains the phases of the moon quite nicely.

Wherever you are on the surface of the earth, you should see the same phase of the moon at any given moment.

It would appear that your sources are in error or misleading :shock:
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Unread post by arks » Mon Feb 13, 2006 2:47 am

Thanks to you both for reconfirming. I may have misread, but I did find that misinformation on at least two different sites, which is why I began to feel so confused. Glad to have that sorted now I can plan my Olifants star gazing 8)
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Unread post by Katja » Mon Feb 13, 2006 12:05 pm

Hi arks,

Simon is right. Wherever you are on earth, you see the same phase of the moon.
But there is one difference:
Simon's link shows the lunar phases of the Northern Hemisphere. At first quarter you see the "right half" of the moon, at last quarter you see the "left half".
On the Southern Hemisphere it is the other way round. See this website: The Moon for Southern Hemisphere

I am not good at explaining things in English, so I just copy and paste an explanation from the above website.

Why is the Moon in the Northern Hemisphere upside down from how it looks here in the Southern Hemisphere?

The Moon orbits near the equator of the Earth. In the southern hemisphere, we're standing on the opposite side of the globe from the "northerners", so we are "upside down" from each other! So we see the Moon from a completely different vantage point (ie "upside down"!). In fact, we in the southern hemisphere view most of the stars quite differently than from the northern hemisphere.
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Unread post by Katja » Mon Feb 13, 2006 12:23 pm

I forgot to mention that close to the equator the moon crescent appears horizontal, not vertical.

The Orientation of the Crescent Moon

If the Moon goes up almost straight from the horizon (as it does when seen from the equator), then the crescent appears horizontal. If the Moon rises at a shallow angle (as seen far from the equator), then it moves as well along the horizon towards the west, and then the crescent is mostly vertical. The Moon rises almost vertically as seen from the equator because the orbit of the Moon stands approximately above the equator.


Couldn't find a website that explains it better or has pictures of the phases.
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Unread post by arks » Mon Feb 13, 2006 4:50 pm

Thanks, Katja, I think you (and your source) explain this very well. Don't apologise for your English, it is excellent and certainly far better than my Danish :lol:
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