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Signal flags for meteorological occurrences

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Sun eclipse signal flag

eclipse signal flag image by António Martins, 14 Oct 2005

Admire the flag on this page.
Jan Mertens, 09 Jun 2004

This is termed the "Pedas Sigler eclipse flag", the name referring to a couple of eclipse enthusiast business people who pioneered eclipse cruises — ocean liner vacations aiming maximum observation time of solar eclipses.
António Martins, 14 Oct 2005

As for the classification of this flag, comparing with other “astronomical” flags such as those of planets, I think this is something else, more akin weather signal flags, such as hurricane or beach condition flags. I.e., when and where a solar eclipse is imminent (or when and where something about it is being done), this flag goes up…
António Martins, 14 Oct 2005

Isn’t it more like a one-off signal flag — «This vessel is engaged in totality-tracking»? Or a house flag? Or if not a house flag (since the vessels flying it presumably are doing other things between eclipses), then isn’t it closest to a company flag? (The Ted Pedas Eclipse Cruise Company or something…)
André Coutanche, 14 Oct 2005

It is also possible. Research is needed about the actual and intended use of this flag.
António Martins, 14 Oct 2005