|Updated Wednesday 11 August 1999, 21:34 GMT|
Photographs taken before, during and after the total eclipse of the sun in Cornwall on 11 August 1999, photographed with a Nikon Coolpix 900s camera.
|Wednesday 11 August 1999 - Viewing the Total Eclipse of the Sun from Carn Brea ...|
|This was the scene at about 10.00 a.m. as the crowd gathers to watch the spectacle from this splendid viewpoint|
|Looking west towards Pool. Unfortunately, it's overcast with a light shower arriving but that doesn't dampen our enthusiasm!|
|Someone's prepared for bad weather!|
|I've never seen so many people up here before - It must be a long time since there was a crowd like this on the Carn.|
|Looking west into the approaching gloom at 11.10 a.m. just before totality|
|11.11 a.m just as totality begins - tremendous atmosphere!|
|11.12 a.m and the street lights of Pool have come on - spooky.|
|There's still some light in the sky on the horizon out to sea, from beyond the shadow of the moon. This sends shivers down the spine.|
|11.13 and it's getting light again, rapidly (sorry this one's a bit blurred - it's the excitement making my hands shake). Those two minutes just fly by - seemed more like 30 seconds.|
|It's still pretty dim as the crowd starts to disperse at 11.17 a.m.|
|We passed beside this fine rock formation is on the south-west side of the Carn as we walked back down.|
|And this is what we would have seen on a clear day. In fact I've heard that they did have a break in the clouds at the right time at Perranporth, only 10 miles away - lucky devils!|
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