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Old 25-02-2010, 10:29 AM
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Exclamation Upcoming Event: Total Solar Eclipse, 13th-14th Nov 2012 - Observing / Imaging Guide

Hi all

I've written an article previewing the upcoming Total Solar Eclipse on November 13th-14th, 2012.

The Total Solar Eclipse tracks a narrow path starting in Arnhem Land at dawn on the 14th November where totality lasts 1min 40sec. It crosses the Gulf of Carpentaria and heads towards Cairns, passing on the coast between Cairns and Port Douglas at 6:39am local time (AEST) where totality will last 2 minutes and 4 seconds with the Sun approximately 14deg above the horizon.

The path of totality then crosses the Pacific, passing just north of New Zealand and finishing just before it hits South America.

The partial eclipse phase will be seen by most of Australia and all of New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. The further North and East you are, the greater the partial eclipse will be.

The article details important information such as:
  • What is a Solar Eclipse?
  • When and where can I see it?
  • Eclipse Tours
  • Safe Viewing Guide
  • Photography Guide
  • Upcoming Solar Eclipses
  • References, Further Reading and Resources

You can find the article on the IceInSpace Projects and Articles page, or directly by clicking on the link below:

Total Solar Eclipse, 13th-14th November 2012 - Observing / Imaging Guide

Are you going to see the eclipse?

Share your experiences with us here!

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Old 25-02-2010, 11:04 AM
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Old 25-02-2010, 11:33 AM
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Good O,
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Old 25-02-2010, 03:36 PM
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Thanks Mike. Definitely going. Just paid the deposit to joint a tour through the Sutherland group. My second eclipse...with fingers crossed.
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Old 25-02-2010, 03:41 PM
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Accommodation is booked! My first total solar eclipse! I just wanta look!
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Old 26-02-2010, 07:31 AM
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Booked my accomodation a few weeks ago. Looking forward to it, but I hope it's not right in the middle of exam time.
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Old 26-02-2010, 05:19 PM
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I booked my accommodation yesterday. The lady said "as its a long time off, we'll email you to remind you about your booking". I assured her that none of the astronomy obsessives booking accommodation for the eclipse have any remote chance of forgetting, but will rather be salivating for the 2 years and 9 months until the big day. She'd only had the place for three weeks. I think she has no idea of what is about to hit.
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Old 26-02-2010, 07:23 PM
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i live and work on green island 28km off the coast of cairns and am eagerly awaiting this event.. we check the suns postion and elevation on the 14th nov last year, and have excellent uninterupted views from the back of the island..... can't wait.
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Old 01-03-2010, 12:18 PM
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BTW, anyone organises this, or we are on our own??
In my time we (club, association) would organize trip and accommodation to whoever wanted to participate in events such is this (well, this was not in Australia, though)..

OK, accommodation tentatively booked :-)

Hope to see you there :-)

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Old 03-03-2010, 12:40 PM
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I'm certainly interested in making the trip. Was fortunate enough to see the 2002 eclipse in my home state.

Looking to go on a tour so I will keep an eye out. I have noticed quite a few "expensive" tours, which last a number of days. At this stage, I'm not really interested in those. The tour I went on in 2002 was simply a dedicated tour for the eclipse. Hoping to do something similar but am aware that these might be hard to find.
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I booked my accommodation yesterday. The lady said "as its a long time off, we'll email you to remind you about your booking". I assured her that none of the astronomy obsessives booking accommodation for the eclipse have any remote chance of forgetting, but will rather be salivating for the 2 years and 9 months until the big day. She'd only had the place for three weeks. I think she has no idea of what is about to hit.
wasnt Glengarry was it?
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TSE 2012 - More Information

Great article Mike. Very well written and all very useful information.

I have written an information sheet on the eclipse for the Astronomical Association of Queensland (AAQ). It is downloadable as a pdf from the AAQ website www.aaq.org.au Click on the image on the right hand side at the top of the home page. It is more for the general public but gives details of the path, timings etc and other usful stuff. It is planned to expand it with more information and details as the time of the eclipse approaches.

I spent two weeks in the eclipse path last November checking on such things as possible observing sites, access conditions (including all trafficable roads in the area from the east coast right through to the inland cattle stations and the indigenous communities on the west coast), weather patterns across the cape etc. and took lots of pickies.
I will be giving a presentation at NACAA in Canberra at Easter on the eclipse talking about the circumstances of the eclipse and info I gathered from the trip last year. It is on Sunday at 10:00 AM. For details of the talk see http://www.nacaa.org.au/2010/talks/116

Terry

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wasnt Glengarry was it?
'Twas indeed!
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Anyone know if the eclipse will be visible from the Cairns Esplanade? I seem to remember a high mountain just across the inlet that could block the view?
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Old 29-03-2010, 10:07 PM
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it seems cheaper to travel via train... and you can keep your scope and other equipment at your side... and you can't crash into the ocean!!
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Jetstar and Virgin have flights around $180 one way from Melbourne, even cheaper on discounted days. Train travel would cost in the thousands...
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Anyone know if the eclipse will be visible from the Cairns Esplanade? I seem to remember a high mountain just across the inlet that could block the view?
Not sure Rob, hopefully the Cairns guys can confirm. You would think that sunrise would be over the ocean but depending where you are on the Esplanade.
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The best views are from the Northern Beaches and Port Douglas...
Looks like I will booking Palm Cove...

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Old 30-03-2010, 07:36 PM
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The best views are from the Northern Beaches and Port Douglas...
Looks like I will booking Palm Cove...
Am sure IIS guys are scattered everywhere I am up at Mt Carbine caravan park with members from Townsville
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Am sure IIS guys are scattered everywhere I am up at Mt Carbine caravan park with members from Townsville
Hi Liz,

Good to see the Townsville club will be making the trip north.

We're taking our chances on the northern beaches and made a booking for there some
time back.

We've been to Carins and the surrounds many times in the past but only as late
in the year as early October. Certainly a common pattern I recollect up in
the Athertons is that it can be cloudy/foggy in the morning as it hangs over the
rainforest and I gather the hope is that is that if there is cloud that it is sufficiently
low on the mountains so that when you look across them from Mt Carbine that it
won't get in the way?

One of our Cairns forum members might be able to advise what tends to happen
at that locale at that time of year in the morning when looking Easterly.

I think we would have all been happier if this was taking place in June/July
and least we could have gone for a swim.

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