BIG bucket list Adventures
See an eclipse in Indonesia and the US
Why? To be in the best place when the world goes weird. Total eclipses when the moon blocks out the sun basking the earth in an eerie glow happen roughly every 18 months. But you need to be in the right place ideally somewhere in the path of the solar maximum to fully appreciate the effect and you d have to wait an average of 375 years to see two total eclipses from the same spot.
Sometimes being in the path of an eclipse is simple. On 21 August 2017 the total eclipse will swing right across the middle of the USA visible in states such as Wyoming Nebraska and South Carolina; its point of greatest eclipse will be just north west of Hopkinsville Kentucky where totality will last around two minutes and 40 seconds.
Sometimes though it s a bit trickier the eclipse in March 2015 was best viewed in the snowy wilderness of Svalbard while in March 2016 you need to head to the remoter parts of Indonesia or Micronesia. Part of the battle is securing a place on a good expert led eclipse watching trip: these specialist departures can fill up well in advance.