You do not need any special equipment to see and appreciate a total solar eclipse. We will hold a briefing meeting in San Juan on the day before the eclipse to provide you with information and answer any questions you may have. We will also provide solar viewers for you to safely follow the partial phases before the total eclipse. Our astronomy experts on the trip are both prominent members of the British Astronomical Association with considerable experience of observing solar eclipses. During your trip to the Southern Hemisphere you will want to take the chance to look at the night sky in these latitudes. The sky here is different to your home sky north of the equator. Here you will be looking into the galactic centre, displaying a far brighter "milky way" and many extraordinary star clusters and unusual stellar objects.
Nick has been interested in astronomy for as long as he can remember (certainly since the age of 8) and has been a member of the British Astronomical Association since he was 12. He is now the Director of the Comet Section. He has written many articles for magazines and books, and co-authored "Observing Comets" which was published in 2003 as part of Sir Patrick Moore’s Practical Astronomy series. Professionally, he is an engineer in the space industry, leading a team responsible for implementing highly sensitive and accurate systems for receiving and processing signals from deep-space spacecraft. He is also a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) ambassador trying to encourage more young people to take up science and engineering as a career.
Dr Nick Hewitt
Nick has been a keen amateur astronomer for many decades. Although his strengths have been in the Deep Sky (he was Director of the British Astronomical Associations Deep Sky Section from 1992 to 2003), he is also an enthusiastic eclipse chaser, imager of Mars (when not too low!) and enjoys all aspects of astronomy. He joined the British Astronomical Association in 1967 and was a member until 1974. He lapsed during his 'wine, women and song' (!) years but rejoined in 1983 and has thoroughly enjoyed the support and friendship of so many great amateur and professional astronomers throughout these years. Recently retired from General Medical practice, he hopes to become more productive with observations and imaging.
Sheridan Williams FRAS
A seasoned eclipse-chaser Sheridan has seen 17 total solar eclipses and has written several eclipse books and publications on eclipses. He has taken groups to places as diverse as Iceland, Siberia, the Sahara, Atacama and Gobi Deserts, Tahiti, Madagascar, Antigua, China, India, Morocco, Libya, Sulawesi, US and South America to witness astronomical events such as eclipses, aurorae (Northern Lights) and meteor showers. Sheridan is also the education tour guide at the National Museum of Computing with Colossus (the world’s first programmable electronic computer) located at Bletchley Park. Sheridan was the Director of the Computing Section of the British Astronomical Association and is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. In the past he has worked as a 'Rocket Scientist' with the Ministry of Defence using early valve-based digital computers and analogue computers and now spends his time travelling and compiling the astronomy pages for Whitaker’s Almanac.