I have been always attracted to the unique phenomena that eclipses represent and I never miss the opportunity to enjoy them. And if it is a total solar eclipse, even more!
After my last eclipse experience in Idaho in 2017, I was eager to feel that magic again. Last July, as the good eclipse hunter I am, I travelled to the Elqui Valley, in Chile, to be witness once again of how night comes in the middle of the day.
Just right after getting to CasaMolle Villa & Golf, our accommodation during the eclipse and the days before, I noticed it was an oasis inside the valley. The excellent treatment and comfort they gave to both me and our clients that accompanied me in this experience, were extraordinary.
For the eclipse viewing, BRU & BRU had a private area. Some amazing giant bubbles allowed us to enjoy the experience in a whole new way, and together with some friends, contributed to enjoy even more our eclipse experience.
During my life I have met excellent professionals that, at some point, have been part of my adventures. Being able to join them in such a special moment like a solar eclipse was of great pleasure for me. Both for the reunion and for being able to rely on their knowledge. In the end, individuals are who turn moments into lifetime memories. And we were wonderful people there.
Masao Uehara, site engineer specialist in astronomical projects, and Matt Robinson, photographer and astronomer , are old time friends of BRU & BRU that joined us for the event.
Other friends like Massimo Tarenghi, recognised astronomer and expert in this kind of phenomena, and Yuri Beletsky professional photographer, also accompanied us those days.
With all of them, we were able to know first hand the most scientific aspects of the eclipse. And they also documented every single moment of the experience and gave us an extraordinary masterclass of how to take photos of the Milky Way!
While we were waiting for the “key day”, we could also enjoy a helicopter flight over the Elqui Valley, in which we also had the opportunity to see the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, a scientific complex composed of telescopes and instruments for astronomical observation. The building appearance, in the middle of the Valley red mountains, was very impressive.
All of us were able to enjoy a unique “eclipse experience” that will remain in our minds for a long time or, at least, until we create new memories from the next eclipse!