The Quest for Totality

Solar eclipses have taken "Eclipse Guy" David Makepeace across the globe, from Libya's sun-scorched Sahara Desert to Antarctica's icy islands. Enthralled by his first eclipse experience in 1991, David has been shooting eclipses ever since in a bid to show the world what it's been missing. We're including two movies below from the Antarctic and Patagonia eclipses described in the July issue of S&T.

In November 2003, David Makepeace, Babak Tafreshi, and 98 others took a month-long voyage to witness a total solar eclipse from the icy Antarctic continent.

Icebreaker Eclipse Antarctica 2003 from eclipseguy on Vimeo.

High in the Andes mountains, Makepeace shot this raw footage of the July 11, 2010 eclipse just moments before sunset.

Raw Video - TSE in Patagonia 11 July 2010 from eclipseguy on Vimeo.