The Total Solar Eclipse on November 14th, 2012 will occur in Earth's southern hemisphere, early in the morning on Wednesday 14th November at 6.37am for 2 minutes only. The path of totality will cross North Australia and the Southern Pacific. This is the first total solar eclipse for Australia since the South Australian eclipse in 2002.
A total solar eclipse is a pretty big deal for most of us as it is something that we get to see only a few times over a lifetime. There is even a festival called Eclipse 2012 Festival happening North of Cairns that has been planned for many years. More than 50,000 people are expected to be heading north to witness the event.
Much of the talk about it is travelling to Cairns/Port Douglas to see the Total Solar Eclipse - where day turns into night as the Moon completely covers the Sun, and the Sun's spectacular corona reveals itself as a halo surrounding the Moon. 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. Partial eclipses are still great to view using safe eclipse glasses, but you don't get any of the spectacular 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.
The Partial Solar Eclipse will be seen by all of Australia and New Zealand, but in varying degrees depending on where you live. The further North and East you are, the greater the partial eclipse will be. See below the times and locations where you will be able to see what is going on in the sky.
The latest weather forecast is not good news though, the view up north might be somehow obscured by low lying cloud. This would bring a lot of disappointment to all those who have travelled north for the event, meteorologists are still hoping for a last minute blow of wind to clear the sky.
Do not try to observe the eclipse with your naked eye, or with normal or cross-polarised sunglasses - these do not offer protection against blindness if you stare at the Sun. Find some Eclipse Glasses available for purchase in shops.
Total Solar Eclipse Cairns 2012