Total Solar Eclipse 2012: Australia To Witness Total Solar Eclipse on November 13

By on Nov 12, 2012 in Astronomy, Australia, Science, World Comments
Total Solar Eclipse

Total Solar Eclipse
Image Credit: Hinode/XRT

A total solar eclipse can be seen in Australia and the Pacific Ocean on Wednesday morning, November 14, 2012 or about 2 p.m. US ET on Tuesday, November 13, according to a report by Space.com. The last solar eclipse that occured in May 20, 2012 was reportedly an annular eclipse.

The total solar eclipse will be very visible in the city of Cairns in Queensland. The moon is expected to start covering the sun from 5:44 a.m. local time (2:44 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on Tuesday). The moon will be in between the Earth and the sun and a full solar eclipse will last from 6:38 to 6:40 a.m..

Reports say that the total solar eclipse will create a narrow path shadow from the moon across northeastern Australia and the ocean.

Scientists and tourists are expected to flock into the city of Cairns to witness the event.

According to Space.com, “

a solar eclipse occurs when the moon gets between Earth and the sun, and the moon casts a shadow over Earth. A solar eclipse can only take place at the phase of new moon, when the moon passes directly between the sun and the Earth and its shadows fall upon the Earth’s surface. But whether the alignment produces a total solar eclipse, a partial solar eclipse or an annular solar eclipse depends on several factors.



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