Total Eclipse in Siberia
On August 21, 2017, people across the continental United States were able to see an extraordinary and rare cosmic event known as a total solar eclipse, when the moon’s shadow completely obscures the sun for a few brief, thrilling moments. The main event cut a narrow path across dozens of cities in the Lower 48 states, starting in Salem, Oregon, and ending in Charleston, South Carolina.
Back in 2008, MIR was onsite to observe yet another total eclipse of the sun in Siberia – and they brought 320 of their closest friends to see it as well.
Science has since learned so much about eclipses that astronomers can predict them far into the future, pinpointing the places and times they can best be seen. With this knowledge comes a new phenomenon: Total Eclipse Chasers. They know where they need to go to be under the Path of Totality, the swath of territory where the sun is shadowed by the moon for the longest period of time. They’ll travel to Antarctica or the middle of the South Pacific for this experience.
To some people, Siberia seems as remote as Antarctica, but to MIR it’s practically their backyard.
They were able to arrange for over 320 eclipse watchers to arrive in Novosibirsk via plane and train to enjoy the celestial event at a beachside locale. Now, Novosibirsk is not really a tourist hotspot, and its hotel space was pushed to the max for the occasion. But these are MIR’s stomping grounds – some of their most popular trips are by private train along the Trans-Siberian Railway, which runs right through Novosibirsk.
The Eclipse of 2008 was deemed a great success by everyone who took part.
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Travel to Siberia with MIR
MIR is your Siberia travel expert – with more than 30 years of travel experience to Russia and with affiliate offices in Ulan Ude and Irkutsk (both in Siberia), as well as in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
MIR’s full service, dedication, commitment to quality, and destination expertise have twice earned us a place on National Geographic Adventure’s list of “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth.”
Over 30 years of travel expertise means that the specialists at MIR know how to get there, what to do while you’re there, and how to enhance your trip in each of our destinations. For more information about what to know before you go, check out MIR’s insider’s guide into travel to Siberia’s Lake Baikal and Buryatia Region.
(Top photo credit: Douglas Grimes – The solar corona shines from behind the moon’s shadow during the height of the eclipse)
PUBLISHED: October 21, 2014