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United Kingdom : Scotland

10.2 km (6.3 miles) E of Mousa Island, Shetland Islands, Scotland, UK
Approx. altitude: 0 m (0 ft)
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Antipode: 60°S 179°E

Accuracy: 5.7 km (3.5 mi)
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#2: Nearly got it! #3: Wet eclipse and confluence chasers #4: Puffin atop the cliffs of Noss #5: Partial phase shortly after sunrise

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  60°N 1°W (visit #1) (incomplete) 

#1: Looking north to Bressay and Noss

(visited by Mathias Straube, Andy Sischka, Gerhard Schmitz, Daniel Fischer, Georg Dittié, Alexandra Meier, Dada Stievermann and Hans Kieseier)

31-May-2003 -- Our first and probably only eclipse expedition in 2003 took us to the Shetland islands to witness the annular eclipse on may 31st. Our group of eight eclipse (and confluence)-chasers from Bielefeld, Bonn and Cologne met in Aberdeen to board the ferry to Shetland’s capital Lerwick, where we arrived in the morning hours of May 26th with 5 days left to explore the archipel before the celestial spectacle took place. We had a wonderful accomodation located at a small loch near Tingwall, 5 miles northwest of Lerwick, an ideal location for our „basecamp“ just in the centre of Mainland. On the first day we explored the outermost South, especially the cliffs of Sumburgh Head, where we had our first encounter with those little Tammie Norie called feathered guys supposed to be the „superstars“ of the islands – the puffins.

Back on the ferry to Aberdeen on evening the 31st after leaving Lerwick and heading southeast, the vessel approached the Confluence point 60°N 1°W but missed it by passing 5.7 km westward. From that point we still could see the cliffs of the “bird’s paradise” Noss and the island of Bressay in the north and the southern part of Mainland in the west.


 All pictures
#1: Looking north to Bressay and Noss
#2: Nearly got it!
#3: Wet eclipse and confluence chasers
#4: Puffin atop the cliffs of Noss
#5: Partial phase shortly after sunrise
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  Notes
In the sea, but with a view of land.