Best Spot to Watch the Solar Eclipse in Australia
By Jenalyn Villamarin | November 13, 2012 12:46 PM EST
In Victoria, the solar eclipse will reportedly start at 7:16am and estimated to last for about an hour and 45 minutes. Perry Vlahos of the Astronomical Society of Victoria stated that approximately 42% of the state's rising sun will be obscured by the eclipse which will take place at around 8:06am. Also, Perry Vlahos claimed that only Cairns and Port Douglas can catch a glimpse of the two-minute total solar eclipse turning the area into darkness.
Furthermore, Vlahos suggested that Victorian sky-gazers must ensure no trees or tall buildings are blocking their view since the sun is expected to be low in the sky when the eclipse begins. "Victorians need to find a spot with a clear view of the eastern horizon," Vlahos said.
"Around Melbourne, if you're on the western part of Port Phillip Bay on the beach looking across the bay that would be a good spot. On top of a hill that has good look at the horizon towards east would also be good, anywhere with a flat line to the horizon," Vlahos further suggested.
Meanwhile, Adelaide Planetarium professor Paul Curnow estimated that only 30% of the sun would be covered at mid-eclipse in Adelaide where it is expected to occur about 7:33am. "Even though here in Adelaide it's not a total eclipse, you will still be witnessing one of nature's rare events. It will be worthwhile getting up early to see part of the moon moving across the face of the sun," Curnow said.
In an interview to Weekly Times Now from Cairns, Perry Vlahos said that about 60,000 viewers had already gathered to experience the solar eclipse with some of them coming from as far as Europe. Also, an additional 15,000 spectators are expected to come in Port Douglas. "It's surprising and not surprising. Viewing a total solar eclipse can be very addictive for some people, and it helps that it's taking place at a good holiday destination," Vlahos stated.
As a safety precaution while viewing the eclipse, Vlahos urges the crowd to use the "Pinhole Projection Method" or simply put on safety glasses if they do not have a telescope with proper filters. "Never look at it directly," Vlahos affirmed.
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Most Popular Slideshows
- 2014 MLB World Series Game 1: San Francisco Giants 7, Kansas City Royals 1 [PHOTOS]
- 2014 MLB World Series - Game 2: Kansas City Royals 7, San Francisco Giants 2 [PHOTOS]
- NFL Thursday Recap - Denver Broncos 35, San Diego Chargers 21: Peyton Manning Has 3 TDs In Easy Win [PHOTOS]
- 2014 MLB World Series Game 3: Kansas City Royals 3, San Francisco Giants 2 [PHOTOS]
Join the Conversation
- Six English Words Which Originated From Arabic
- ISIS Educates Young Children in 'School of Jihad,' Deploys Them in Active Combat After Graduation [VIDEO]
- Robots May Be Used to Fight Ebola in West Africa; Australian PM Admits US, UK Asked For Medical Teams
- Decades-Long Mystery of Oklahoma Lake Solved, Missing Six Bodies Identified
- Gay Community In Liberia Persecuted For Ebola; Church Leaders Call Virus 'Punishment' For Homosexuality
- Xiaomi Redmi 1S vs. Sharp Aquos Crystal – Specifications, Features And Price Showdown
- Verizon Motorola Droid Turbo Leaked Live Images Surfaces, Scheduled To Get Unveiled On Oct 28
- Update HTC One M7 with LG G2 with Android 4.4.2 as Sprint OTA: Fixes and Installation
- U.S. Targets Buyers of ISIS Oil, Threatens Sanctions
- ISIS Syria Airstrike Bombing Has Killed 550 People, Civilians Included
- Russia Shifts Blame On US For Ukraine Crisis, Putin Accuses West of 'Remaking World'
- Russia Blocking OSCE Monitoring Of Its Border With Ukraine