SOLAR ECLIPSE

A Total Eclipse of the Sun will occur over Northern Australia on the 14th November 2012. An eclipse of the Sun occurs when the moon passes between the Earth and the Sun. The Sun is much larger than the moon but it is also much further away, such that the two bodies appear to be about the same size in the sky. During a total solar eclipse, the moon moves in front of the Sun and completely covers it. This casts a shadow on the Earth's surface. As the moon orbits the Earth and the Earth rotates, the shadow moves across the Earth's surface in a narrow path generally from west to east.

To see a Total Solar Eclipse you must be in the shadow's path. If you are outside the shadow's path at the time of the eclipse, the moon will not completely cover the Sun and you will only see a partial eclipse. During the partial phase of the eclipse, the moon gradually covers the Sun, this takes about an hour.

A deep partial eclipse (when the Moon will partly cover the Sun) will be visible from Lady Elliot Island (weather permitting) on the morning of Wednesday 14 November 2012 as follows:
Sunrise: 4:56am
Start of partial eclipse: 5:52am (Moon starts to cover the Sun)
Maximum eclipse: 6:50am (Moon covers 91% of the Sun's diameter)
End of Partial Eclipse: 7:54am (Moon has uncovered the Sun)
To be able to see the partial eclipse you will need proper protection for your eyes (you must never look directly at the sun without proper protection).

The Queensland Government is currently preparing advice for the public about how to safely view the eclipse and this advice will be available well before the eclipse. There will be a link from the AAQ website to the advice when it is available.

Information kindly provided by the Astronomical Association of Queensland
www.aaq.org.au

Please note that there is always a risk of cloud that could affect visibility