Chasing the eclipseAstronomy
magazine will chase the eclipse over its limited range on two trips, co-hosted by Astronomical Tours
. Because the total eclipse path will not intersect land, both trips are by sea one cruise skirts the Galapagos Islands and the other originates at Tahiti.
The first eclipse trip sails toward the eclipse point 685 miles (1,100 kilometers) directly west of the Galapagos. David Eicher, editor of Astronomy
, is joined by NASA's Fred Espenak ("Mr. Eclipse"), and Williams College astronomer Jay Pasachoff.
Michael E. Bakich, Astronomy
's associate editor, is joined by meteorite expert Michael D. Reynolds on the second cruise, currently sailing around Tahiti. On April 8, guests will witness a 34-second total solar eclipse, just north of Pitcairn Island, where direct descendants of the HMS Bounty
's crew still live.