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Make an Eclipse jump at Spaceland San Marcos

14 October 2024

Spoiler alert:  In this article, “Ring of Fire” does not refer to the after-effects of eating spicy food.  Now that we have that out of the way….

Ring of Fire

During an annular solar eclipse, the moon appears slightly smaller than the sun, so it can’t block the entire disk. The result is a “ring of fire”.

On Saturday, Oct. 14, at approximately 10:24 AM, the sky over Spaceland San Marcos will begin to darken as the moon moves in front of the sun to begin an “Annular Solar Eclipse”, AKA “Ring of Fire.”  The entire eclipse, from the moon first appearing to take a bite out of the sun to when the sun is “whole again,” will take approx. 3 hours, 9 minutes. 

Licensed jumpers as well as tandems will have the opportunity to make skydives during the entire eclipse cycle, with the “totality”portion of the eclipse lasting only 6 minutes!

In addition to the skydives, registered jumpers will receive solar glasses, T-shirts, commemorative stainless coffee thermoses, and vouchers for Tru Love Coffee (which will be on site for the event with a fancy coffee designed just for the event)!

See additional information, get your slot, and check out updates at https://sanmarcos.skydivespaceland.com/skydive-the-eclipse-on-oct-14/

If you miss this one, no worries…

…you can catch the next one on Oct. 2, 2024… in the southern parts of Chile and Argentina

…or after that on Feb. 17, 2026… at the South Pole!

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Meet: Scott Latinis

Scott is Director of Load organizing and Event organizing for Skydive Spaceland. He started jumping in 1980 (yes, round parachutes, belly wart reserve, scared sh*tless!) and has over 14,000 jumps...so far. Scott holds 2 big-way sequential world records and 2 SOS world records - biggest formation (101) and biggest sequential (2point 95way)records. His first USPA Nationals was in 1990 and he has won 10 USPA gold medals (4way advanced, 10-way, 16-way). When asked what's next, he replied "more jumps, more fun, more friends". He believes that you don't quit skydiving because you get old, you get old because you quit skydiving...."so y'all are stuck with me for a long time!"

Scott is humbled and grateful to be sponsored by Cookie, Larsen & Brusgaard, Performance Designs, Skydive Spaceland, Sunpath/Rigging Innovations, Vertical Suits, and Vigil.

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