The 2013 Eclipse : Accounts

A collection of accounts and photos of the 2013 Eclipse sent to this web site by e-mail

Bonnie Leifer and Mari Laxmi von Hoffmann

Two sisters who saw the 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2012 eclipse with us. They observed this eclipse in Gabon.

Hi !
This will be short because there was a terrific tropical storm here earlier this eve (still raining) and so the wifi is mostly out with only brief working times and I want to get this off.

The eclipse was absolutely perfect!!! We were blown away - absolutely clear skies from about a quarter partial on, and totality was unreal - as a clear totality always is - but this one had incredible prominences, many so big you could see them with the naked eye, and a gorgeous big corona. And the story of how pieces all fell into place for us to be at the right - read that 'best' - viewing location (from what we've seen of other sites so far at least) waHi from Libreville. We went to the center line site yesterday with a thick cloud cover. Had met the group from the San Jose company and went to the place they selected.


First contact was in clouds, but after that the sky opened up and it was clear all thru the minute of totality! I am sure you have seen the pictures so you know about the wonderful pink display that we had: The President and other Government high ups came for it: Flew in by helicopter and then President Bongo drove himself and his wife (with their dog) away: So unlike the USA. Very little security and people could walk up and touch him. Obviously well liked: I am on a French keyboard and it is hard to write since the letters are in different places; so I won't go into details here. It's just too hard to write!


Hi from stormy Libreville.

We went to the center line site yesterday with a thick cloud cover. Had met the group from the San Jose company and went to the place they selected. Been raining hard for many hours now. How lucky we were to have had clear skies yesterday!

I looked at Sky and Telescope site and they haven't had any contact with anyone from our viewing site yet. Strange because it was a relatively easy place to get to and the President of Gabon came for the show! Sky and Telescope reported on chasers from really remote places that had much less view and time than we did. I don't know if you can, but maybe you can pass the word to Sky and Telescope that Chris Cannon, a first timer, took some fabulous pictures yesterday. His email is He is from Utah, but works in Ghana.

The picture from Uganda was good, but what we saw was so much better. There were many well set up photographers there. A Japanese group, some Euros, and the group from the San Jose company MTW Associates,, Daniel was their leader and he lives in Truckee!

I think the National Geographic group in Lope got similar shots being not far from where we were on the N1 road. It will be interesting to see them. Our British friend Kryss saw 22 seconds in Uganda and it probably looked like the one Sky and Telescope has on their site. Our pink prominences were taller and they shifted from top to bottom as the moon moved across.

Oh! I forgot to mention the director of Brisbane, Australia, planetarium was also there! It was such fun talking with him and other umbraphiles while we sat on pins and needles hoping the sky would clear and then to share the thrill of when it did! All for now. We get our Congo visas tomorrow and plan to head for the town where Albert Schweitzer set up his hospital.


Totality in Gabon
The beginning of totality.

The diamond ring
The diamond ring.

Large partial eclipse
Large partial eclipse.

Small partial eclipse
Small partial eclipse.

Haiku by Mari:

Equator beckons
Gabon President joins us
Joy comes with shaddow

Fred Niwagaba

Driver and guide.


I have never seen this in my life!! At around exactly 10.00 am, we left our lodge just to go and see the Total Eclipse just about 30 kms away and just imagine, all this was expected to happen at 17.20 hours. The excitement could not let me go to bed last night. Early as we went, the Pakwero was already too full. It has aroused my love for appreciation for nature and how things work. Driving through the giraffes,harte beasts, elephants among others to see the eclipse. I better start saving for USA in 2017 and or Egypt in 2027

Charlotte Beauvoisin

Blogger and journalist who lives and works in Uganda.

But seeing it with the naked eye was - to coin a phrase - AWESOME! and so much more....

What a day! The photos will never do it justice...

Emilie Rolighed

Met on Nile cruise.

Yeah I saw your page - amazing photos! It was such an amazing experience, it was so unreal! And so beautiful! I can totally understand why you're chasing this phenomenon! Im thinking about doing the same! Certainly hope that this wasn't my last one! :) Glad I didn't bother about the photos, but just enjoyed the whole thing...

And thank you so much for giving us a short lesson on eclipses, was a great help! And Venus was beautiful that night ;)

Attached some photos:)

Kryss and Emilie and friend
Kryss and Emilie and friend

KryssTal Related Pages

The 2013 eclipse main page.

Maps of the path of the 2013 eclipse from Fred Espenak and eclipse details at the observation site.

People from the 2013 eclipse.

Photos of the eclipse site, the partial phases, totality, the diamond ring and the media.

Accounts and photos of the eclipse.

Travel photos from Uganda.