Total Solar Eclipse (3/29/2006)

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  To start the video, click on the arrow button in the window at left. The streaming video (which requires a broadband internet link) will begin running after a short pause to preload some of the video.
If the video fails to play, use this link to go directly to Google Video: Solar Eclipse on Youtube
Be sure to have your system sound turned on when viewing the video!


  • The "ground" video was left on a fixed exposure setting for the duration of the entire video sequence to show how dark it becomes at totality.
  • The sun is not visible in the "ground" video field of view.  It was very high in the sky (about 70° up).
  • The filter on the "solar" video camera is removed 2 minutes into the video.
  • The "solar" video is set for autoexposure until just after totality (~3:10 into the video) when it is set to a fixed exposure that shows the prominences and innermost part of the corona until after third contact. 
  • The bright object at the right edge of the screen in the "ground" video is the monitor screen of the "solar" video camera.

Copyright 2006 by David A. Kodama, All Rights Reserved