2013 Solar Eclipse: When and Where to Watch in Australia

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By Jenalyn Villamarin | May 9, 2013 9:40 AM EST

Residents of Western Australia can start viewing the 2013 Solar Eclipse on Friday, May 10, at 6:32 a.m. local time as it becomes visible as well at the Australian Northern Territories, Queensland and Cape York Peninsula at 8:44 a.m. local time. For the viewers who want to witness the exceptional phenomenon, they can head to the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery or watch online at SLOOH.

The Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery will offer a free and safe solar eclipse viewing from 8:15 a.m. to 10 a.m. where a telescope will be utilized to project the image of the sun onto a bigger screen. A car park may also be the best site to watch the extraordinary solar eclipse on Friday.

Martin George, the planetarium manager and an astronomer as well, confirmed that he will give lectures or details to the viewers about the solar eclipse as it occurs. He added that the solar eclipse will have its peak before 9 a.m. when the moon has already covered 26% of the sun's diameter.

"In a partial eclipse of the sun, the moon partly covers the sun's disc as it goes around the Earth. It usually misses the sun because of the tilt in its orbit, but now and again it covers part, or very rarely, the sun's entire disc," George explained.

Furthermore, Martin George advised that the viewers should watch the solar eclipse on a screen and not stare at the sun directly otherwise their eyes will be damaged. If the viewers are in the path of the solar eclipse, they must have an eye protection gear.

For those using telescopes, ensure that safe solar filters will be placed on the end of the telescopes before watching the eclipse to protect the eyes. In case the viewers do not have the required tools in watching the solar eclipse, another option is the online viewing.  

The SLOOH web site link: http://events.slooh.com/ will provide the online viewers a live feed of the solar eclipse. The Internet-based space-tracking service will be broadcasting the 2013 Solar Eclipse through a telescope from Australia which begins on Thursday, May 9, at 5:30 p.m. ET (21:30 UT).

Meanwhile, shadow of the solar eclipse will reach the eastern shores of Papua New Guinea at 9 a.m. local time. Then, it will stretch across the Pacific Ocean where its final visibility on the Solomon Islands at 10:15 a.m. local time will take place.  

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