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Dominic Ford

AlanM – There is a place in space where you could observe a Sun/Earth eclipse – near the Second Langrange point (L2). Nick is probably quite familiar with it since he has worked on spacecraft that operate there. L2 is actually slightly beyond the Earth’s umbra, so you’d see a partial/annular eclipse there, but any spacecraft en-route to L2 will pass through the Earth’s shadow to get there.

Unfortunately there aren’t many eclipse observations, though. Those pesky spacecraft project managers tend to get upset if you propose to point expensive spacecraft cameras at the Sun…