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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

 

Total Eclipse, Australia, 14 November 2012

Morning sky at totality as seen from Cairns on 14 November 2012, 6:38 am (click on image to embiggen)Morning sky at maximum eclipse as seen from Adelaide on 14 November 2012, 6:48 am (click on image to embiggen)

On November 14 2012, just on Sunrise, there will be a total eclipse of the Sun visible from Northern Australia. While only a few places in Northern Australia will see totality, most of Australia will see a significant partial eclipse, with between 60%-90% of the suns disk being obscured north of Canberra.

A partial eclipse of the sun is one that does not cover the whole of the Sun's disk. This is not as spectacular as a full solar eclipse, but will be incredible in it's own way. For example, in areas where there is greater than 60% solar disk coverage, there will be significant darkening and cooling, and the shadows of leaves will show crescent sun effects. This is also the first significant solar eclipse in Australia since 2002.

I have a detailed page on viewing the eclipse, with times at various locations, viewing hints and helpful  links to more information (such as how to build a safe projections system) and webcams at http://home.mira.net/~reynella/skywatch/ECL_2012.HTM  

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