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Dec 3 - Wednesday

 Klipsi phone homeArriving in Hobart, Tasmania - uhm,... what time is it?

Dec 2 - Tuesday
Klipsi phone homeSplendid Night, reporting from the top deck at midnight
  • TUESDAY MORNING . 500 MILES WEST OF TASMANIA. ALL QUIET. ARRIVE 2MORO 11PM HOBART
  • 28 hours left to arrive in Hobart. I miss the penguins :-(
  • received Tuesday, December 02, 2003 7:31 PM: LAND ! I SEE TASMANIA!
  • SAILING ALONG SW TASMANIAN COAST. WARM AIR. VERY QUIET SEA. ALMOST NO WIND. PLEASANT RIDE.

Klipsi phone homeTasmania!
Dec 1 - Monday

Nov 30 - Sunday


Nov 29 -Saturday                                          

  • Saturday half past midnight. still going north. storm low center far  to our right . we shall soon turn east, follow the storm.
  • Quarter past midnight. cloudy. 2-3 stars visible. wind direction has changed. now blowing from SW to NE , into heart of storm. Inflow!
  • SATURDAY MORNING. SURFING ON 4m (meters!) WAVES. THE BEST IS COMING LATER. YEEEHAAA!!!!
  • WE ARE NOW HEADING N-E . SWELL AND WIND IN REAR. LATER WILL TURN EAST.
  • Saturday night. great roll and wind all day. but both are minimized as we sail same way.


Nov 28 -Friday                                               

  • friday morning 8.30am. QUIET seas. slight roll. clouds n some sun. this is the calm before the storm.
  • storm update. as we sail north and will turn east later, the storm  will miss us. worst for us should be saturday night.
  • Will arrive Hobart one day behind schedule , now dec. 4th morning.
  • S53 44 E106 45 . STILL GO N.
Klipsi phone homechanging the course to avoid the storm

Nov 27 - Thursday                                        

  • 01.20AM . FOG. LOTS OF ICE.  ROLLING GETS STRONGER. BAD VISIBILITY. BIG CHUNKS OF ICE. LOOKS LIKE BEING INSIDE A POPCORN MACHINE.
  • HAPPY THANKSGIVING. no more ice this morning. rocknrollin.
  • Latest weather forecast predicts sunday low at 954hP ... We change route to pass south of storm center. max waves north of center 11m.
  • CORRECTION. we are sailing north now. will have strong wind sunday but waves from rear instead of lateral.

Nov 26 - Wednesday                                 [ latest pics ]

  • Wednesday, November 26, 2003 5:22 AM -  STORMWATCH. Sunday 30 nov forecast models show  very deep low. 958hP. Waves 9m. stormy winds. searching best route possible.
  • 5:39 AM - Currently very quiet. still lots of ice. no wind. no waves. quiet... how long ?
  • 6:13 AM - New painting contest. paint Kapitan Khlebnikov in storm at night wiz huge waves, lightning, waterspout-tornado - is Klipsi chasing stroms or is the storm chasing Klipsi?
  • MIDNIGHT. getting out of pack ice. wind. waves start softly...
  • Saw an emperor stand alone on small iceberg before dinner. bye-bye. i'll be back.
Klipsi phone homebracing for a big storm
Nov 25 - Tuesday                                       [ so far no pics ]

  • 11UT 25nov . difficult progression. lots of ice on way to Casey station.  
  • [check bad weather at Casey webcam  - they also have pictures of the eclipse! ]
  • more info about the Shakleton Ice Shelf:   here  /   here  /  here  /  here  /  here  /
  • Tuesday, November 25, 2003 5:53 PM: LOTS OF ICE. VERY SLOW PROGRESS. CHANGE PLAN. NOT GOING TO CASEY STATION ANYMORE. START LONG JOURNEY TO HOBART. OVERCAST.

Nov 24 -  Monday - PES (Post Eclipse Syndrome?)          [ latest pics ]

Klipsi phone homeso how was this eclipse?
 not perfect, but close. Alas, no penguins during totality :-(


  • ECLIPSE WATCH POSITION WAS S65 56' AND E89 16'
  • ARRIVING NEAR MIRNY NOW. WONT VISIT BUT HELIFLY TO NEARBY EMPEROR ROOKERY
  • stopped 12 miles from Mirny station. Too much ice. bad weather overcast whiteout. cannot fly copter. abandon visit of emperor rookery :-(

Nov 23 -  Sunday - Eclipse later today!!!!                  [ latest pics ]

Klipsi phone home only 18 more hours to the eclipse
Klipsi phone home 17 hours to the eclipse - weather improving
Klipsi phone home  7:30 UT, just 15 hours from eclipse, penguins are joining

Where will Klipsi be to watch the eclipse?


Near Mimi station. Along the left edge on this map by Fred Espenak/NASA:




Message from Rob Wittenmyer at UCSD:
Attached is a JPG image (572K) of Antarctica at 11:47 UT today.  It is the only pass we could get that actually covered the eclipse track; this region is a stretch for the McMurdo receiver to get, and there are often dropouts at the edge of the pass.  Darker areas are clear or thin clouds (see 66.5S 89E), bright white is cloud tops.   Latitude/longitude lines are at 1 degree intervals.

Hope this helps a bit though things don't look too good for eclipse
weather based on this image.

Will grab the umbral shadow passage images (if we get any) probably  Monday morning here; the guys at McMurdo have the eclipse passes all set up in a protected (non-overwritten) directory.


Klipsi's SMS Sunday, November 23, 2003 2:58 PM :
CLOUDED OUT .SAW SOME CORONA THRU CLNUD

Sunday, November 23, 2003 3:12 PM
NOT CLOUDED OUT BUT SOME CLOUDS AT SUN. GREAT DARK SKY. SOME CORONA



Nov 22 -  Saturday
nBT's excited Penguin flocking to the eclipse
  • 6AM local time saturday. 2 days before eclipse. overcast. quiet & calm. no wind. no waves. all grey.
  • UPDATE ON B15D. SIZE ABOUT 60x20KM .
  • SATURD POS 05.00 UT , NOON LOCAL TIME. S63 48'  E82 03 . OVERCAST.
Klipsi phone home getting close to eclipse observation point

Nov 21 -  Friday

  •  21 NOV MORNING . SAILING NORTH TO AVOID THICK STACK ICE. CLOSE UP ON GIANT ICEBERG "B-15" .
  •   B15D Monster iceberg. fell off from B15. Drifted from Ross sea. b15 born in 2000. b15d is still 25mi long
  • Friday noon S66.5 E77 .  GREAT BLUE SKY. HELICOPTER FLITESEEING. WATCH SUN. 3 SUNSPOTS. SAW MOON. LESS THAN 3 DAYS TO ECLIPSE (!)
  •  9pm 21nov . overcast. mirror-flat sea. is that the calm b4 the storm?
Klipsi phone home  part 1 - avoiding B-15-D, huge iceberg
Klipsi phone home  part 2

  • 11pm local time. 16h00 ut. snow. whiteout. visibility half a  mile. goodnight.
Project Dogwaffle and The Gathering of the Emperors - the ultimate Art Event.
Only a few more days to the solar eclipse - did you already submit your images to the Paint-a-Penguin contest?
White Continent - Sudden Darkness - What will penguins do when it suddenly gets dark in the land of eternal daylight? paint it, sketch it, sponge dab it, draw it, model it, animate it,.... imagine it, share it!


Nov 20 -  Thursday                          [ today's pics ]

  • NOV 20 AT  7 AM = 01.00 UT. OUR POSITN S69 2'  E76 29' . TEMP -2C . MISTY

 Klipsi phone homepart1 - we have arrived at Davis Station

 Klipsi phone homepart2 - walking on Antarctica, Yeeha! only 4 more days to the eclipse!!!

3D penguins watch eclipse 65,000,000 B.C.

Interested in 3D modeling an iceberg? a dinosaur? a penguin?
Here are some free or cheap 3D modeling tools to try
and here are some more

Nov 19 - Wednesday, Blizzard

Klipsi phone home
part 1 - Blizzard



Klipsi phone home
part 2 - 12 miles from coastline



Klipsi phone home
part 3 - afternoon, blue iceberg, lots of penguins


  • 17.00 UT , Local time 11pm.  Still parked near "blue diamond"  iceberg. More than 150 emperors  gathering at ship.


Nov 18 - Tuesday, even colder
  • TUESDAY MORNING 8AM = 0300 UT . WE R S66  12'  . E73 17'     . AIR 3C. ALL ICE
Klipsi phone home breaking through the (ant)arctic circle
Klipsi phone home only 100 miles away from the costline of Antarctica


Nov 17 - Monday, colder, large icebergs
received SMS Sunday, November 16, 2003 9:11 PM:
  • Monday morning Nov 17 .  water temp 2 C . air temp -1 C.  + strong antarctic wind chill ... BRRR !
  • LARGE ICEBERGS NOW
  • Position at noon = 08.00UT 17th nov was 63deg 08' south 73d 48' east
  • Nov 17 7pm = 15ut . all ice now. saw few penguins today incl 1 emperor. saw 4 weddel seals.

part 1 - digging deeper into the ice
part 2 - soooo windy

New pictures are here
  • At 1500ut location  about 64s 74s
Klipsi phone home it's not dark at night
Nov 16 - cold, icebergs coming!
leaving Heard island, heading further South, no  ice yet
if you're in Australia:
Klipsi will show video Dec 5 at Wyndham Estate in Hunter Valley Australia at www.wyndhamestate.com.au
(bad satellite connection)

We have reached drifting icebergs
shortcut to pictures here


  • SMS - Sun, 16 Nov 2003 17:36:13 -0000
9.30PM local time. sunday evening. snowing... one week and a few hours to eclipse. looks like deep low storm system arriving soon
Nov 15 - reaching Heard and McDonald Islands

Almost there, Heard Island coming up. Icebergs soon?
Shortcut to pictures from Heard Island

Nov 14 - Friday - good bye Kerguelen, hello stormy seas
SMS messages:
  • Thursday, November 13, 2003 10:48 PM  -  Friday morning flew helicopter to beach , tens of thousands of king penguins, also lots of seals.  strong winds.
  • Thursday, November 13, 2003 11:01 PM  -  Friday p.m. sailing south towards Heard island.
  • Friday, November 14, 2003 4:57 AM  -  LEAVING KERGUELEN. NO AFTERNOON LANDING, TOO MUCH WIND FOR SAFE ZODIAC OR HELICOPTER OPERATION. STRONG 3-4 m WAVES AWAIT US.
  • Friday, November 14, 2003 7:03 AM  -  Big waves now. rocknrollin that icebreaker....
  • Friday, November 14, 2003 8:19 PM - This 8am , 04.00ut, 90miles to mcdonald island, +30miles 2 Heard island.
  • see more pictures from Kerguelen
Nov 13 - Thursday
there are seals - click for pictures
part 1 - arriving at Kerguelen Island
part 2 - walking on Kerguelen Island
part3 - weather changing, rain in a few hours?
Nov 12 - Wednesday - fog
it's foggy today
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Nov 11 - Tuesday - beyond Crozet island
   Klipsi fone homewe have left the island - au revoir les Crozets  [ pics ]

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Nov 10 - Monday  - where's Klipsi?
 - Monday AM . Arrived Crozet island . get ready 2 dance wiz pinguins.kings of the hill
   Klipsi fone homelong live the King!
   Klipsi fone homeaddendum: Orca!

   guys? where's my evac helicopter?


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Nov 9 - Sunday
- THIS MORNING WE ARE 44S & 45E . NO (LUNAR) ECLIPSE , OVERCAST . NEW TIMING FOR CROZET SHOULD ARRIVE MONDAY 6AM LOCAL, 0200 UT.
- We plan 2 land on possession island . lots of King pinguins there
- SOLAR eclipse will be near Mirmy station about 66S 93E
Klipsi fone homeno birds yet

New! Check the latest Pictures!



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Nov 8 - is it Saturday or Friday today?

  •    SMS reports on Iridium phone:

- morning sky clouds. gentle surf. light rolling. waiting 4 tomorrow eclipse of the Moon
- This a.m. position was about 42 South 38 East . sailing ESE to Crozet Islands
- 09.35 UT update. half past noon. lunch ... sky overcast , light drizzle.
- 12.50 UT update. blue clear sky
-  05.30PM overcast clouds
- Will send some images tomorrow. incl 2 folks from websites:
        Ichikawa of www.live-eclipse.org  and
        Babak of www.shadow-chasers.net
- Latest news. we may arrive at Crozet islands sunday evening. and, lunar eclipse live www.universetoday.com

Klipsi fone homelisten to Klipsi's Iridium phone report - is it Saturday or Friday today?

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Nov 7 - calmer seas

    satellite phone voice recordings from today Nov 7 :  (your browser will neeed Flash player to hear it)
  •   Klipsi fone homeseas are calmer, still no motion sickness (yipee!)  -  hear  part 1
  •   Klipsi fone homelunar eclipse this Saturday, trying to send pictures too (tough) - hear   part 2


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Nov 6  - left Port Elizabeth, first day at sea

transcript:

"Hoi Philip this is Oliboli, I hope you hear me, I hope you hear me,  this is Nov the 6 ???? Noon   ... we left yesterday, from Port Elizabeth,... and er ... it's not stormy weather but quite stormy (rough) seas, we have big waves and luckily we're not sick (?)  yet we're actualy still alive :-)
the food on the ship is excellent and I did get some nice pictures of waves  ... ???? .... so  not much to say than we're just waiting  and dealing with anti-motion sickness  pills  and  excellent food.

Klipsi out "



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