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By Ilona Kauremszky


Q: Weve always heard how you can really get a great view of the solar eclipse from somewhere else. Please point us in the right direction on where to look. Id be interested in visiting one of the destinations.

A: For solar-related activity, your best bet is to log onto the NASA web site, http://sunearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse/OH/OH2006.html or www.nasa.gov. This year the total eclipse of the sun will occur on Wednesday, March 29.

According to NASA the moons umbral shadow will start in Brazil and extend across the Atlantic reaching north Africa, central Asia where it will end at sunset in western Mongolia. It seems there will be a partial eclipse which will be visible in the northern parts of Africa, Europe and central Asia.

One company I came across that actually offers solar eclipse tours is a London-based tour company, On The Go Tours with trips scheduled departing March 26, 2006 to Egypt and Turkey.

For Egypt, there are 11-day and 15-day trips with stops at the pyramids, Aswan and Philae Temple, cruising the Nile in a felucca, along with Luxor and the Valley of the Kings and more.

For Turkey, there is a 10-day trip which starts in Istanbul and includes visits to such Turkish treasures as Cappadocia, Pamukkale, which is the site of the cascading mineral pools, Roman ruins, the Aegean coast, Troy, Gallipoli and a viewing of the solar eclipse on the vast Anatolian steppe.

For more information on rates, itinerary and reservations log onto www.onthegotours.com

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