There’s just two sleeps to go until the Solar Eclipse on Wednesday 14 November 2012. This is the first significant solar eclipse since 2002. If you want to make a last minute dash to north Queensland to get in the path of totality, you are probably out of luck. Flights and accommodation will be hard to get (and quite expensive), and there are no hire cars to be had for love nor money.
I’m heading up to Cairns myself, but if you are staying home, then most of Australia will see a very nice partial eclipse. There is still plenty of time to organise safe solar projection devices, but if you want to buy eclipse glasses or solar filter material then you will have to get a move on.
I have a reasonably comprehensive web page for eclipse viewing, as well I have a handy, printable PDF page that lists a whole bunch of eclipse times which you can carry around with you. It also has a bunch of things for kids to do.
The eclipse starts shortly after sunrise. Here’s a quick table of eclipse times to whet you appetite for the upcoming event.
|City||State||Time Zone||First Contact||Mid Eclipse||% Sun Covered||Last Contact|
|Cairns||QLD||AEST||5.45||6.38||100% (total eclipse)||7.40|
|Darwin||NT||ACST||5:17 (below horizon)||6:06 (just below horizon)||98%||7:00|
|Mossman||QLD||AEST||5.44||6.38||100% (total eclipse)||7.40|
|Perth||WA||WADST||5:21 (below horizon)||6:00 (just below horizon)||40%||6:41|
|Port Douglas||QLD||AEST||5.44||6.37||100% (total eclipse)||7.39|