"A fascinating insight into Ireland's ancient burial sites" - Irish Independent
The Great Millennium Eclipse, August 1999
was billed as the astronomical event of the Millennium, and millions
of people across the globe waited in anticipation for their glimpse
at the last great eclipse of the 20th century. The shadow of totality
would, said the experts, pass through Cornwall in England before
heading on across Europe and eventually towards Turkey and on
into the Middle East. However, thousands of people who travelled
from all over the British Isles to see the eclipse at Cornwall,
including the eminent TV astronomer Patrick Moore, were bitterly
disappointed when cloud covered the whole affair.
Back in Ireland those of us who stayed at home
were in for a real surprise as the clouds broke just in time to
witness the Moon covering the Sun with just 11% of the sun left
showing. Observers included a group of amateur astronomers from
Astronomy Ireland who watched from the Phoenix Park in Dublin.
photographs on this page were taken from Drogheda by Anthony Murphy.
An overcast sky during the start of the eclipse looked like it
would spoil the event, but with only 10 minutes to go to almost
totality, the clouds began to break and, as can be seen from these
magnificent photographs, provided a stunning scene as the Moon
covered the Sun and darkened the landscape.
All of the photographs on this page were taken
with a normal camera - a Pentax SLR, with an 80-320mm zoom lens
and using ordinary 200ASA film. Only the photograph below has
been digitally altered - all the rest have been left as they were.
The final moment!! This photo shows the Sun almost
completely covered by the Moon, at approximately 11:10am BST on
August 11th. Here only 11% of the Sun can be seen.