Project Antarctica - Total Solar Eclipse - December 2021
The 2021 total solar eclipse begins when the shadow of the Moon touches the earth on the morning of the 4th December 2021, about 500km south east of the Falkland Islands. At that point you would see the rising Sun would be eclipsed by the Moon for 1 min 25 seconds at just 0.1 degrees above the horizon. As this is a polar eclipse the shadow describes a broad arc, just across the western part of Antarctica with the South Orkney Islands just within the edge of the track. As the shadow moves across the central part of the Antarctic continent the Sun is never more than 17 degrees above the horizon and the maximum eclipse duration of just less than two minutes will only be visible from an inaccessible part of the icy coastline.
We will aim to observe the event from the South Orkney Islands if the weather conditions look promising or alternatively our charter vessel will seek to move to the most likely position for observation from the sea. This is a challenging venture with unpredictable weather, ice and sea conditions to battle, but it is one of the world's last great adventures and we can promise a unique experience!