umbratoll- woleai micronesia
march total solar eclipse 2016
29 February - 12 march 2016
- Sail away from the tourist crowds, exploring beautiful, remote and normally difficult to reach, islands.
- Watch the Yap island tournaments with dances, coconut husking and grading, tree climbing and weaving are a few of the traditional contests.
- Enjoy demonstrations in traditional attire, canoe building, rope making, net tying, and bamboo raft making as well as grass skirt, kafar, basket and fan weaving.
- Experience a long totality of 4 minutes 3 seconds at Woleai, with arranged mobility to improve chances of successful eclipse observing
Join us by ship out of Colonia, Yap to Woleai atoll at 7.37n 143.91e for limb-corrected 4 minutes 3 seconds of totality on that date = 45 seconds longer than anywhere in Indonesia and with the sun at 72 degrees elevation = 23 degrees higher than anywhere in Indonesia, viewing from dry land most likely on one of the beaches of the double lagoon. In honor of passage of the moon’s shadow a.k.a. the “umbra”, Woleaians will ring their church bell i.e. they will “toll” the bell...therefore this occasion shall be known as Umbratoll 2016.
Weather prospects at Woleai (pronounced “WO-lay-eye”) are perhaps slightly better than, but overall generally comparable to, Ternate in Indonesia which means some days can be great weather but also acknowledging cloudiness is definitely possible in March so, to improve our chances of successful eclipse observation we may be able to arrange mobility by one or more small boats, economics TBD, from our primary chosen southeast-facing beach location to another one of the atoll’s beaches or, optionally, to observe from the small boats themselves if we need fully two-dimensional, last-minute zigzag mobility, either from the smooth waters inside the double lagoon (preferably) or from the choppier waves outside if we need to range a further distance.