Total Solar Eclipse

Wednesday 29 March 2006

Δt=1.08 minutes (64.9s)

Saros 139 (-4)

Gamma -0.3475

Maximum eclipse is of duration 4m 7s at 10:11:18 UT at location 23.14°N 16.75°E.

Click here to see photographs by Sheridan Williams from Libya

For those wishing to see to consecutive total solar eclipses from the same spot on Earth, this eclipse and the total eclipse of 1 August 2008 cross in Russia just north of Mongolia. Click here to see the crossing point.

Interestingly this eclipse crosses the track of the 11 August 1999 total solar eclipse. Click here to see the crossing point

Also note that the previous annular eclipse of 3 October 2005 crosses the track of this total solar eclipse. Click here to see the crossing point

Ten saroses later in this series (16 July 2186) gives the longest total eclipse (7m 29s) for over 10,000 years.

Cloud cover prospects in March courtesy of Jay Anderson

Tour operators

World View

2006 world view

Countries this eclipse passes through from west to east:

Brazil at sunrise, Atlantic Ocean, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Libya, Egypt, Turkey. Georgia, Russia, Chechnya, Dagestan, Kalmykia, Astrakhan, Kazakhstan, Siberia (Russia), Mongolia at sunset


Click here to see a detailed map of the Brazil track


Libya and Egypt

Libya during 2006 Total Solar Eclipse


Caspian Sea


Russia (Siberia)

Crossing point of the 2006 and 2008 Total Solar Eclipses

Crossing point of the 2006 and 2008 Total Solar Eclipses

2005 and 2006 eclipse crossing points

2005-2006 eclipse crossing point

Local circumstances

Places within (or very near) totality

Places outside totality

Tour operators

Libya / Egypt / Turkey

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Ancient World Tours

I shall be leading the eclipse group on the Libya Tour 3 which is mostly based in Egypt. The eclipse viewing site offers nearly 4 minutes of totality:

Libya Tour 3

Egypt Tour 2

Egypt Tour 3

Turkey Tour 2

Turkey Tour 3


Sahara Travel, Abbey House, 15-17 Abbey St Upr, Dublin 1, Ireland
Tel: +353 1 8727934

Safari Tourism Services is a German travel agency offering tours to solar eclipses and other astronomical events. We have other 20 different tours to Turkey, Libya, Egypt, and Niger to observe the TSE 2006, e.g. a 3 1/2 day-trip to Libya departing from Vienna for less than € 800.-. Also we are the German booking office for Performanz Travel, a company already mentioned in your list. Our focus is on Germany, Austria, and Switzerland but clients from other countries are also welcome.

Weberstraße 8
53115 Bonn
Tel: 0228/222600 - Fax: 0228/217555


K.T. Travel

25 Talaat Harb Street, Attarine, Alexandria-Egypt
Offices: Alexandria, Cairo
Tel/Fax: 002 03 4859990 / 002 03 4869561
Mobile: 002 012 7426152
Website: - see above under Libya

Winco Eclipse Tours Inc trips to Egypt. Land tour may be taken from anywhere by flying to/from Cairo. All inclusive trip via JFK also available.


Turkey Travel Guide
Offering Turkey package tours  rental car and all travel arrangements through to Turkey
Combination Tours through Egypt Greece and Turkey
Magnificent Travel providing Combination Tours through Egypt Greece Turkey
Turkey Travel Guide
Providing Turkey Tour itineraries and make all travel arrangements what you need in Turkey.
All Turkey package tours and accommodation
Turkey Ez Travel make easy to find Turkey tours and hotels
Turkey Tour Packages
Offering Turkey package tours escorted tours rental car and all travel arrangements through to Turkey


Omega Holidays plc: White Cross, Lancaster, LA1  4XQ. 01524 37500 a two day break to southern Turkey. - see above under Libya

Other info

Please click here to email me eclipse-related questions, such as timings for a particular location.

Images generated using WIN-ECLIPSE by Heinz Scsibrany

Click here to go to Fred Espenak's web page on this eclipse

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