Eclipse chasing

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Eclipse chasing is the pursuit of observing solar eclipses when they occur around the Earth.[1] Solar eclipses may occur more than once a year across the Earth. Total eclipses may occur multiple times every few years.[2]

A person who chases eclipses is known as a umbraphile, meaning shadow lover.[3] Umbraphiles often travel for eclipses and use various tools to help view the sun including solar viewers also known as eclipse glasses, as well as telescopes.[4][5]

As of 2017, three New Yorkers, Glenn Schneider, Jay Pasachoff, and John Beattie have each seen 33 solar eclipses, the current record.[6] Donald Liebenberg, professor of astronomy at Clemson University in South Carolina has seen 26 traveling to Turkey, Zambia, China, Pukapuka and others.[7]


In the 19th century, Mabel Loomis Todd, an American editor and writer, and her husband David Peck Todd, a professor of astronomy at Amherst College, traveled around the world to view solar eclipses.[8] During the solar eclipse of June 30, 1973, Donald Liebenberg and a group of eclipse experts observed the eclipse on board the Concorde and experienced 74 minutes of totality.[9]

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  2. ^ Kate Russo (1 August 2012). Total Addiction: The Life of an Eclipse Chaser. Springer Science & Business Media. ISBN 978-3-642-30481-1.
  3. ^ Kelly, Pat (2017-07-06). "Umbraphile, Umbraphilia, Umbraphiles, and Umbraphiliacs - Solar Eclipse with the Sol Alliance". Solar Eclipse with the Sol Alliance. Retrieved 2017-08-24.
  4. ^ "How to View the 2017 Solar Eclipse Safely". Retrieved 2017-08-24.
  5. ^ Wright, Andy (2017-08-16). "Chasing Totality: A Look Into the World of Umbraphiles". Atlas Obscura. Retrieved 2017-08-24.
  6. ^ Kersten, Jason (2017-08-28). "The New Yorkers Tied for the Total-Solar-Eclipse Record". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2017-08-24.
  7. ^ Greenfieldboyce, Nell (8 August 2017). "Go See It, Eclipse Chasers Urge. 'Your First Time Is Always Special'". Retrieved 2017-08-24.
  8. ^ Mansky, Jacqueline (2017-08-03). "A Brief History of Eclipse Chasers". Smithsonian Magazine. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  9. ^ Mulkin, Barb. "In Flight: The Story of Los Alamos Eclipse Missions". Los Alamos Science. Retrieved 2018-10-31.