2020 Annular Solar Eclipse

An annular eclipse occurs when the moon moves across the face of the sun, but the orbit of the moon is a little further away from the Earth at that time and the moon does not completely cover the sun. A small “ring of fire” or annulus remains around the sun at central eclipse. This specific eclipse is unusual in that the moon covers 99.6% of the sun, leaving only a very small edge of the sun uncovered. Our expeditions combine observation of this event with a visit to India or Oman. The India itinerary offers a journey through Rajasthan, one of the most visually spectacular regions of India. This is desert country with many of the forts and palaces little changed since the time of the Maharajas. At almost every turn of the road there is a new vista of life and colour - always a feast for photographers. If you haven’t yet seen the Taj Mahal, now is the time. If you have visited India before you will see another aspect where the fierce history of the region comes to life. Oman is a a rarely visited desert region with a long history, still steeped in the old tribal ways of the past but offering a vision of the modern even high tech middle east.