Astronomers gathering on the shores of Lake Turkana to photograph the total eclipse were interrupted by a sudden sandstorm. The wind-whipped dust blotted out the sun. The sky was briefly visible through a break in the clouds.
Astronomers, photographers, and avid eclipse watchers gather edon the shores of Lake Turkana, Kenya. Totality occurring during this eclipse on 13-NOV-2013 would last only eleven seconds. After traveling hundreds of miles, landing at a small strip on the shores of Lake Turkana, these intrepid scientists would brave 37 degree Celsius heat for a glimpse at the event.
The observers set up their telescopes and cameras about one hour before the start of the event.
Minutes after first contact, the official start of the eclipse, a sudden sandstorm erupted. The dust and clouds whipped by violent winds obscured the sun for most of the partial phase leading to totality. At totality, an event lasting only eleven seconds for this particular eclipse, a break in the clouds allowed brief peak at the lower limb of the sun. Observers were able to see the "diamond ring" and Bailey's Beads for just a couple of seconds. A lucky few managed to capture a few frames.
Many did not get the opportunity, as the sandstorm forced a scramble to protect sensitive camera equipment, telescopes and their own person from the wind-driven sand.