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Iran's Mr. Eclipse unveils "space observation plan"

Source: ISNA

Iran’s eclipse man Hamid Djodeiri Khodashenas is expected to attend the 2011 solar eclipse conference in New Delhi, India. India’s SPACE is to host the international conference due to be held December 15-17, 2011.

During the three-day conference, scientists and eclipse chasers from across the world will convene to share their latest scientific achievements and researches.

Iran’s Mr. Eclipse who has observed solar eclipses in seven continents since 1999 plans to take part at the international conference with his lifelong dream which is approaching reality day by day: “Observing the solar eclipse from the space.”

Khodashenas, a professional lawyer, has never believed that his first trip to observe a solar eclipse from Gahar Lake in Southwest Iran on a donkey-back would turn into a historical expedition to South Pole in 2003 and the totality in the 90 degrees North Pole in 2008 on a nuclear-powered icebreaker.

Now it’s high time for mankind to take a big stride forward to visit the natural phenomena from “space”.

India is the first Asian country to host the 2011 international solar eclipse conference which is held twice in seven years.

The astronomical meeting is held when no total solar eclipse occurs for a two-year hiatus.

The conference avails opportunity for professional and amateur astronomers and scientists to put words into action, thus, realizing a dream which is the first step of a long way ahead.

The Conference provides a common platform for:

  • Travel Enthusiasts;
  • Avid Photographers;
  • Those who value Scientific Research and Recordings;
  • Those who like to delve in the history of this event and understand the cultural implications;
  • Those who want to create awareness among the people by demystifying this phenomenon;
  • Finally, for those who simply want to participate for the sheer joy of witnessing this event.

The agenda of the conference is spread over three intensive days that will cover Travel, Education, Research, Science, Culture, Mythologies, Public Outreach, Pro-Am linking and Student learning possibilities.

The conference invites everyone interested to join the meeting and share his/her eclipse chasing experiences. Everyone can present a talk; give a presentation; show a demonstration; present a lecture; participate in

group discussions and chats; offer works (books, papers, pictures, videos) for showcasing.

Everyone can reach out to the conference at:

Profile of Hamid Djodeiri Khodashenas

Hamid Djodeiri Khodashenas was born in 1963 in Tehran Iran. He is a Lawyer, a future space lawyer and has been an active eclipse chaser since 1999. His deep passion for observing eclipses of the sun led him to found the first Iranian eclipse chasing institute called Sayeh. Sayeh (Shadow in Farsi,) is set to be a place to promote interest in solar eclipse observation and other astronomical activities among Iranian amateur astronomers. His institute aims to research solar eclipse effects on the earth and its creatures.

He observed and documented the 1999 totality from the remote lake of Gahar in Iran, the 2001 totality from Zimbabwe, the 2003 totality from Antarctica, the 2004 transit of Venus from Iran, the 2005 totality from the Galapagos, Pacific Ocean, the 2006 totality from Niger, the 2008 totality from Arctic, the 2009 totality from Fiji and Kiribati and the 2010 annular solar eclipse from Burma.

Going on these trips and experiencing nature in different parts of the world has made him an avid nature photographer. His photos have been shown in several exhibitions in Iran. He has taken over 40,000 solar eclipse and nature photos in his expeditions to all the seven continents around the world.

Also, he was the only foreigner who lectured in The Astronomical League of 2005 in Kansas City, USA.

Tai Chi Chuan and playing the harp have assisted him to materialize his deep affection which is bringing science and art together.

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