Total Solar Eclipse 1999

Laon, France

See also the twenty second dawn


 First contact - the moon begins to move across the sun.

 The light becomes progressively more eerie as the crescent of the sun narrows.



 A wide-angle shot

 Almost gone, the sun allows us one last clear view before...



 Just before totality, the sun vanishes behind a wall of cloud

 A veil of blackness draws rapidly over the French cornfields



 A shot towards the east reveals the still lit distant horizon

 Panning towards our van...



 The van. The brightest lights are the TV monitor and the step light

 As daylight returns, at 1600 miles per hour...

(see The Twenty Second Dawn)



 Still an odd twilight for midday...