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Dr. Howard L. Cohen

Associate Professor Emeritus

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College of Liberal Arts & Sciences  •   University of Florida
Gainesville  •   Alachua County  •   Florida
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Ye Stars! Which are the poetry of heaven
– Lord Byron (1788-1824)

A PREVIOUS AND AN UPCOMING TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE TOURS
2016 INDONESIA AND 2017 USA

[Summaries Below]

To witness a total eclipse of the Sun is a privilege that comes to but few people.
Once seen, however, it is a phenomenon never to be forgotten

– Isabel M. Lewis ("A Handbook of Solar Eclipses", 1924)
On the Beach (click to enlarge)
On The Beach: Eclipse Morning
Baja California, 1991 July 11
« Additional Images & Animations  •  Images Copyright © H.L. Cohen »

PROFESSOR COHEN retired from the Department of Astronomy at the University of Florida in the spring of 2003 after over 35 years of service to the University where he taught both in the Department of Physical Sciences and the Department of Astronomy. He now holds emeritus status in the Department of Astronomy.

LINKS

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  Professional Info Professional
Information
  Cohen's Cosmos Cohen's
Cosmos
(Articles)
  A Most Devastating Disease (Click to find out more) A Personal Appeal
(For PKD)
 
Pictures Picture Pages   History of Dept. Logo Origin of UF
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  History of Teaching Observatory) History UF
Teaching Observatory
  JPO Tribute Tribute to
John P. Oliver
 
Voyages of Diccovery Tours (Click to find out more) Voyages
of Discovery
Tours
  AAC Home Page (Click to find out more) Alachua
Astronomy
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(Ext. Link)
  Lunar Maps	(Click to find out more) Astron. League
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Map Sets
  Other Click to find out more) Other
Misc.
Info.
 

SOME CURRENT INTERESTS

  • Astronomical Outreach Promotes astronomy with the Alachua Astronomy Club, Inc. (AAC). Professor Cohen is a founding member of the AAC and frequent speaker. He also helped the AAC plan and implement the Gainesville Solar Walk project and the astronomical lobby features in the Royal Park Stadium 16 Theater. He was also frequent contributor the AAC's newsletter, FirstLight. He has served as vice president, executive board member, program chair, newsletter editor, and web master. In 2012 Dr. Cohen and his wife Marian were made life members of the AAC.
  • Consultant Helps plan, organize and escort "Voyages of Discovery Tours" on their astronomical adventures with wife Marian (Travel Specialist and Independent Contractor working with Continental Capers Travel Center in Gainesville, Florida).
  • Web Design Designs websites for "Voyages of Discovery Tours."
  • Photography Occasional astro, sky and travel photography. (See Examples.)
VOYAGES OF DISCOVERY TOURS: ASTRONOMICAL ADVENTURS
Voyages of Discover Tours
VOYAGES OF DISCOVERY Arizona Wonders Tour (2005) escorted by Marian Cohen (travel specialist), Dr. Bruce MacFadden & Dr. Howard Cohen (Gainesville Sun Photo by Doug Finger)
Tours Prof. Cohen Has Helped Organize/Escort Numerous Tours Including:
  • Caribbean Cruise Total Solar Eclipse Aboard Holland America's ms Ryndam (1998)
  • Africa Total Solar Eclipse Safari(2001)
  • Australia Outback Total Solar Eclipse (2002)
  • Italy/Greece/Crete Transit of Venus (2004)
  • South Pacific Hybrid Solar Eclipse Aboard Radisson's Ms Paul Gauguin (2005)1
  • Arizona Astronomy, Archaeology & Geology (2005)
  • Egypt Treasures & Nile Total Solar Eclipse (2006)
  • China Total Solar Eclipse (2009)2
  • Norwegian Northern Lights Cruise Aboard Hurtigruten's ms Nordlys (2010)3
  • Arizona/Utah Annular Solar Eclipse & Transit of Venus (2012)
  • Australia Total Solar Eclipse (2012)
  • Indonesia Total Solar Eclipse (2016)
(He has been fortune to have gone to eleven total solar eclipses, two annular solar eclipses, and also successfully observed the only two transits of Venus visible in the 20th and 21st centuries.)

1 See Eclipse Movie of the South Pacific eclipse.
2 See Eclipse Composite of the China eclipse.
3 See Aurorae Photos.

PREVIOUS

Indonesia Eclipse THE 2016 INDONESIA ARCHIPELAGO TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE

On 2016 March 9 a total eclipse of the Sun crossed the Indonesian archipelago islands from the Indian Ocean before moving northeast into the vast Pacific Ocean where the eclipse ends northeast of Hawaii. Greatest duration (4m09s) occured far into the Pacific Ocean. However, Holland America's luxury mid-size ship, the ms Volendam, observed this eclipse in the Makassar Strait in Indonesia (duration 2m46s).

Prof. Cohen along with Continental Capers Travel booked a block of cabins on this ship, which sailed round-trip from Singapore for 16 days on March 1, 2016 through the Indonesian Archipelago. All aboard saw this spectacular eclipse under clear skies. (Ship-based observers have definite advantages for this March eclipse since ship mobility gives access to the lowest cloud amounts and better skies on eclipse day.) See website for more info and see Indonesia eclipse photos on the eclipse picture page.


UPCOMING

USA Eclipse THE 2017 GREAT USA TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE

On 2017 August 21 a total eclipse of the Sun will cross over the USA mainland — the first total solar eclipse visible from the USA mainland since 1979! The path of totality will sweep eastward through Oregon from the Pacific Ocean and move over South Carolina crossing 14 states before exiting into the Atlantic Ocean. This is also the first cross-continental total solar eclipse since 1919. The 2017 eclipse has become the most heavily hyped astronomical event in USA history and may be the most watched celestial event ever. Greatest duration of totality (2m40s) occurs near the Illinois-Kentucky border.

Five years ago Dr. Cohen was among the first to determine and realize that central Oregon, including the small city of Madras, was among the best locations in the USA to observe the 2017 eclipse. (Madras lies on the east or dry side of the Cascade Mountains giving it very good weather prospects for the August 2017 eclipse.)

Thereafter, Prof. Cohen along with Continental Capers Travel booked hotel rooms in this city's best hotel (Inn at Cross Keys Station) in 2013.See website for more info. (Within a few months all rooms were booked!)

THE GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA ECLIPSE. For those living in Gainesville, Florida, residents will only see a partial solar eclipse though the eclipse will be very deep (89 percent of the Sun's diameter hidden at maximum eclipse). For a six minute video about the Gainesville eclipse, see this YouTube Video.

(The 2017 August 21 Eclipse

Contact Information
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Gainesville, FL USA
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(352) 495-1811
cohen@astro.ufl.edu

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