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Darkness at noon

L'éclipse totale de soleil du 21 juin 2001, en Angola

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  00:26:00  2001  Color  Sound

Angola in Southern Africa was the first country on Earth to see the solar eclipse of June 21, 2001. In spite of difficulties due to the guerrilla warfare then raging in Angola, scientists from the CNRS Institut d'astrophysique chose that country to take their observations, on account of the greatest likelihood of good weather, the longer duration of the phenomenon, and the optimal height of the sun above the horizon. Eclipses enable us to observe the solar corona, which is otherwise entirely invisible from earth. As well as taking observations, the research team, directed by Serge Koutchmy, appeared on television programs and at press conferences to inform the local population about the event, and also consulted with the Luanda science departments on a plan for a solar observatory.

Producer : CNRS Images Média
Author : MOUETTE Jean (IAP, UMR CNRS, Paris)
Director : MOUETTE Jean (IAP, UMR CNRS, Paris)
Audiovisual processPrises de vues réelles. Utilisation d'images astronomiques.
Commentaire voix off et interventions en son direct (français et portugais sous-titré en français). Musique (Jacqueline Ozanne : "Dedans, de haut", Bonga : "Kamussekele, malala nza").
PersonnalitiesCRUSSAIRE Daniel(Observatoire de Paris); KOUTCHMY Serge(CNRS); VILADRICH Christian(EDF-IAP); MARTY Philippe(IAP)
Date of broadcasting31/05/2008 (Cinaps TV)
Rediffusions2008/07/20 (Cinaps TV)   2008/07/22 (Cinaps TV)  
NotesIAP : Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris.
RewardsFestival international du scoop et du journalisme d'Angers, novembre 2001 : mention spéciale pour le prix de l'enquête scientifique - 7ème festival du film de chercheurs de Nancy : prix communauté urbaine du Grand Nancy.


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PublicLarge audience
Original Supportvideo Beta SP
VersionFrench ; Portuguese
DistributionSale (private use), Sale (institutionnal use)
Delivery supportBeta SP
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