The partial / annular solar eclipse on the
31st Mai of 2003,
The annular eclipse seen from Iceland
The partial eclipse seen in the Bavarian Alps
Photos taken from the twin peaks
Roßstein / Buchenstein apprx.1700m in direction East North East (Tegernsee)
The evening before a mystic event took place at the summit of the
Buchenstein. In the afternoon the tendency of thunderstorms decreased
and the summit got slowly free of clouds. So it seemed that an ascent
to the top would not be too dangerous. After reaching the summit our
hairs were lifted totally up and we recognised that we were placed in
the middle of a strong electrostatic field. This field had such a
power that Falkos long hairs (50 cm) stood totally vertical. Very fast
we descent from the summit, because a flash is often the hazardous
consequence. We were lucky because in our case there was no lightning
discharge. Unfortunately we left our cameras in the alpine hut….
The next morning
4:45 - 5:15
a.m. in the morning. The light of the dawn seemed really constantly,
because with the closer coming sunrise at
the disk was covered more and more by the moon. The first half of this
solar eclipse took place under the horizon.
5:17, before maximum
Like glowing horns of a Viking helmet the fast uprising sun appeared
through the misty atmosphere near the ground. By entering the more
transparency layers the two tips got more and more bright.
* Standing on the summit with an altitude of
1697m you have the chance to get the view 'under' the horizon (about one
degree). That means that the maximum covering of the sun disk (78%) was
seen in a higher position like down in the valley. For this reason the
sunrise happened from this standing point apprx. 5 minutes earlier
At this observation point there was one special
too. The maximum and symmetric cover of the moon felt together with the
horizontal position of the sun crescent. Less other places could offer
this unique sight. And at least you can see that the real spectacular
part of this solar eclipse happened in less than six minutes.
color, ASA 400; Time of exposure 1/30 -1 sec; Equipment: Minolta
x-700, Tamron 500mm, f: 5.6
photos were taken without a sun foil because of the given filter
called air pollution. Advice: Never look without an eye protection in
the sun or through tele lenses!
photos: The panorama view during the solar eclipse in the eastern
view to the 'Tegernseer Hütte' which is situated between the two peaks.
Also in right time
at the right place, Thorsten Pusch and Falko Mueller
A big gallery of solar eclipse photos you
can see at