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Le Soleil Noir - The Black Sun - is the best way to describe the staggeringly beautiful sight of a total eclipse of the Sun.   At least that's how what my brother-in-law and I agreed shortly after experiencing the last total eclipse of the millennium from the small French town of Vouziers on August 11th 1999.

 

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CLICK HERE to visit the Ville de Vouziers website

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Map reproduced with permission from the Ville de Vouziers website

Above:  A view of the total eclipse as seen from Vouziers in France.  Follow the links below for more pictures.
I had known about this total eclipse for many years.  Ever since witnessing a partial eclipse as a youngster in the 1960's it had always been my intention to attempt to experience totality.  Until recently I had intended to do this from Cornwall but scare stories of gridlock and rip-off persuaded me to seek a change of venue!  On this site I have attempted to capture this awesome natural event.   It is focussed around the pictures that I took during the eclipse.  I hope that it will prove a memory jogger to those who also witnessed the event, an inspiration to others to seek out future total eclipses as well being an educational resource.

How was it for you?

Please use the Guestbook to share your eclipse experiences or simple to leave your comments on this site!

It is fair to say that a considerable number of work colleagues felt the trek to France for a two minute event to be rather mad.  How wrong they were as our group witnessed the experience of a lifetime!

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I hope you enjoy your visit!

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Technical Note: Except where stated the photographs on this site were taken with a Sony FD-71 digital camera.

Links to recommended related sites on Eclipse Mania page

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This site is owned by Dave Carter.  The pictures of the eclipse are copyright and may not be reproduced without permission.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: Many thanks to:

The Ville de Vouziers

for their kind permission to reproduce their town logo and map showing the track of the eclipse.

Le Soleil Noir (3619 bytes)

Eclipse '99 (3937 bytes)