Let's find out just how experienced our panelists are, when it comes to seeing total eclipses!
And remember, these counts are as of 2014 - many of these experts have added one or two to the totals that they're telling you about!
Oh, I think I've been to 25 now, and I think I've seen about 20.
That makes you a veteran for sure! Thanks, Fred!
Well, I've been in the path of 31 total eclipses [ed: it is 33 as of 2017]; I've been clouded out three and a half times. So, seeing is not quite the same thing! I've been enveloped by the Moon's shadow 31 times, but I've actually seen totality three times less than that. I count the half that I saw, which was a partial cloud-out in China in 2009.
And by the time our audience reads this, you've made it to 33 - simply incredible! Thanks, Glenn!
Ah, well, annulars and totals are… I think they're close to 27, I don't know. Within, say, plus or minus one or two.
Ah, totals, um… I'm not sure of the exact number, I think it's 16 or 17.
I wish I'd seen so many, I could lose count!
At this point, I've now notched 22 solar eclipses - and of those, 17 were total and 3 were annulars.
Very respectable, indeed!
Uh, let's see - 16?
Wow! More than me, and we started with the same one!
Number I have seen - good question. I don't even know, let's say more than 10?
15 totals, 8 annulars.
At least that many, I think! Thanks, Xavier!
I've seen about 10 of these things, you know - so I'm obsessed.
You and me both!
Seen 7. Been clouded out on three. I guess technically, I experienced an eclipse - I just didn't see it.
That has happened to the best of us!
I have been to 13 total solar eclipses, and I've seen 12 of them.
Another veteran, for sure!
I've seen six totals and three annulars.
By now, I have seen 59 eclipses, of which 31 were total [ed: it is 33 as of 2017]. And I've started going to all the eclipses - total, annular and partial.
Uh - 13!
Short and sweet - and an amazing tally, given that you have had to travel long distances for all but three of them!
Dr. Miloslav Druckmüller
I have exactly seen five eclipses, and twice I was unsuccessful.
Like, 6 totals - and then 2 or 3 annulars, a bunch of partials...
Well, now we know how experienced our panel is!
Let's move on now, to what got these individuals started on a lifetime of eclipse-chasing! Let's hear about their very first total eclipse experience!