Solar Eclipse Conference in Cloudcroft, New Mexico

By Polly White

From October 23 through 26, 137 people from 19 countries gathered to talk about solar eclipses this past weekend. The historic Cloudcroft Lodge was the perfect location.

Topics included totals, partials, annulars, education & outreach, photography, viewing techniques, data collection, the 2017 Great American Eclipse, maps and further geekitude. Each presentation was unique and interesting. I learned a lot in a short period of time, and sold lots of eclipse items to our fellow solar eclipse enthusiasts.

We saw a partial eclipse of the sun from the Sacramento Peak National Solar Observatory, which was truly spectacular. Thanks to Mark Margolis and Rainbow Symphony for the eclipse glasses. The large sunspots on the partially eclipsed surface of the sun made for beautiful and inspiring photos.

We also visited the NM Museum of Space History in Alamogordo at sunset, which was enjoyed by all. Thanks to Travelquest for the nice evening reception at the museum.

Excitement is now building for the next total eclipse which will take some to the Faroe Islands and Svalbard, Norway! The arctic circle is not too far or too cold for this intrepid group. Documentary film producer Nelson Quan will be following Geoff Sims to Svalbard, hoping to successfully capture the eclipse for the film. We are all looking forward to seeing the finished documentary to be titled Chasing Shadows.