Solar Eclipse in Australia Attracts Travelers

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People who wish to see the amazing two-minute solar eclipse have started gathering on the far north of Queensland.

On November 14, shortly after dawn at 6:30am, the Australian sky will grow darker as the moon passes in front of the sun. Without any weather disturbance, the sky-gazers will witness a black disk in the sky with the sun's shining halo surrounding it.

The total solar eclipse will only be visible on the Kakadu National Park, passing over Far North Queensland and the South Pacific then finishes off the coast of Chile. On the other hand, only a partial eclipse will be visible in other areas.  While viewing the eclipse, it is essential for sky-gazers to protect their eyes. Intense exposure to the sun's electromagnetic radiation can destroy cells and even cause permanent eye damage.

According to Margaret Darveniza, the Regional Development Officer for Advance Cairns, over 50,000 tourists were estimated to take a trip to Australia just to view the eclipse. Most of the tourists, where half of them are from overseas, will be in the Cairns-Port Douglas area in Queensland.

"It's unusual for a total eclipse to be visible from a resort area," Kerri Anderson, spokesperson for Tourism Queensland, declared. For three years, a number of hotels have already been booked for November 14.

Linda Bugbee, a retired psychiatrist from Virginia USA will be one of those tourists who will witness the phenomenon.  Linda and her husband, George, have already spent seven years tracking down solar eclipses around the world.

"It was a lot more emotional than I expected. Time sort of stops but you know it's only going to last a minute or so. You sort of take the universe and the planets for granted, but when this happens, it seems so real," Bugbee shared.

"Everyone gets really quiet. After people start seeing it for a few seconds, they start screaming and crying. When it's over, the party starts. People start dancing and singing," Bugbee further revealed.

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