Solar Eclipse for the Capital Cities of Australia
Submitted: Tuesday, 4th September 2012 by Mike Salway

Much of the talk about the Solar Eclipse in November, is travelling to Cairns/Port Douglas to see the Total Solar Eclipse - where the Moon completely covers the Sun, day turns into night, etc.

But what if you can't travel to Cairns? What will you see from the rest of Australia?

You'll see a Partial Solar Eclipse. A partial solar eclipse is where the Moon covers part of the Sun. Partial eclipses are still great to view using safe eclipse glasses, but you don't get any of the effects of the total solar eclipse and unless you're viewing the sun (safely), you may not even notice the partial solar eclipse is happening.

So how much of the partial solar eclipse will you see from various capital cities in Australia? The AAQ have put together a great infographic showing the amount of the Sun covered by the Moon in each of the capital cities.

Image credit: Astronomical Association of Queensland.

I've also written an article specifically to talk about the Partial Solar Eclipse, for those who won't be travelling to Cairns. It covers where and when you can see it, as well as tips for viewing and photographing it.

You can find it here:

Partial Solar Eclipse for Australian Capital Cities, 14th November 2012

Don't forget though, you can't view a partial solar eclipse without safe eclipse shades. IceInSpace is selling them for $4 each, or $3.50 each if you buy 4 or more. Schools or groups, please contact me for bulk discounts.

 

Much of the talk about the Solar Eclipse in November, is travelling to Cairns/Port Douglas to see the Total Solar Eclipse - where the Moon completely covers the Sun, day turns into night, etc.

But what if you can't travel to Cairns? What will you see from the rest of Australia?

You'll see a Partial Solar Eclipse. A partial solar eclipse is where the Moon covers part of the Sun. Partial eclipses are still great to view using safe eclipse glasses, but you don't get any of the effects of the total solar eclipse and unless you're viewing the sun (safely), you may not even notice the partial solar eclipse is happening.

So how much of the partial solar eclipse will you see from various capital cities in Australia? The AAQ have put together a great infographic showing the amount of the Sun covered by the Moon in each of the capital cities.

Image credit: Astronomical Association of Queensland.

I've also written an article specifically to talk about the Partial Solar Eclipse, for those who won't be travelling to Cairns. It covers where and when you can see it, as well as tips for viewing and photographing it.

You can find it here:

Partial Solar Eclipse for Australian Capital Cities, 14th November 2012

Don't forget though, you can't view a partial solar eclipse without safe eclipse shades. IceInSpace is selling them for $4 each, or $3.50 each if you buy 4 or more. Schools or groups, please contact me for bulk discounts.

 

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