I observed the total solar eclipse of July 22, 2009 on Enewetak Atoll in Marshall Islands as a member of the international expedition perfectly organized by Shadia Habbal, the Chair of Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii. The expedition consisted of two relatively independent parts, called for simplicity American a European, however the scientific program of both parts was coordinated.

The expedition to Enewetak was a part of the Shadow-tracking Expedition project, which is being organized by me and my daughter Hana at Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic. The goal of the "Shadow-tracking expedition" project is to obtain observing data from various places during the total solar eclipse, which enables to study changes in the solar corona. The second observing place was in Suzhou in China. The observing conditions at our observing place at Enewetak enabled us to realize majority of our plans. Unfortunately, in Suzhou it was raining during the eclipse.

The European expedition part was sponsored by the following companies: Astelco Systems GmbH (Munich), Kayser-Threde (Munich), SL-Rasch (Stuttgart), Canon (Germany), KN-Studiotechnik (Munich), Optaglio (Prague) and as well by Max-Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics and Dr. Ursula Hill-Samelson. My participation was moreover supported by Zdeněk Andrýsek. The Linux software Multican, used for control of cameras, was created by Jindřich Nový and was running on Linux Fedora.

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Miloslav Druckmüller
Institute of Mathematics, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic
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