September 21, 2017

Astronomy Video of the Week: Chasing Shadows

An animation of the March 20th 2015 total solar eclipse

Credit: NASA/GSFC/A.T. Sinclair.

Have you ever seen a total solar eclipse? Perhaps you’ve seen a partial solar eclipse as the Moon takes a bite out of the Sun. But true umbraphiles will tell you that it’s just not the same as standing in the shadow of the Moon during totality.

The ethereal experience of a total solar eclipse can change lives. And as the only total solar eclipse of 2015 is coming right up on March 20th, we thought we’d highlight a unique Kickstarter project that seeks to bring the wonders of an eclipse to you:

Directed by Nelson Quan, the documentary Chasing Shadows follows Australian astrophotographer Geoff Sims as he travels the world in pursuit of eclipse photography excellence. Geoff has captured some amazing footage of annular and total solar eclipses across Australia and Africa, and is now headed to the Arctic Circle north of Europe to document the March 20th equinox eclipse. This eclipse threads its way between Iceland and the United Kingdom and totality makes landfall across the Faroe and Svalbard Islands.

But beyond the witnessing the event, Chasing Shadows looks to document the experience and how eclipses touch the lives not only of those who chase them, but the peoples they pass over. The documentary features interviews with eclipse chasers as well as the ‘how’s and whys’ of solar eclipses. And the time to catch eclipse fever is now, as we’re under three years away from the August 21st 2017 solar eclipse that will cross the United States.

Be sure to contribute and get in on the ground floor of this exciting Kickstarter documentary!

Follow Geoff as he chases after the March 20th eclipse as @beyond_beneath on Twitter.

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