is a next solar eclipse coming up in Cape York!
eclipse that we had on the 14th of November 2012, we have a next one
It is on the 10th of May
right here, in Cape York!
It is further north than the solar
eclipse 2012, so its centre is not in the Cairns area like was the last
UPDATE - this is obviously
now history, scroll down to see how it was.
The next solar eclipse
is more remote, and its centre is roughly in the
area between Coen
in the north and Hann
River Roadhouse in the south.
will be seen from Musgrave
so we can hope for a next week-long festival!
The Type of the Next Solar
a total eclipse,
the next solar eclipse
is an annular eclipse.
the next solar eclipse won't bring total darkness,
because the moon is too far
from the Earth to entirely cover the sun's surface.
The best phase of the next solar eclipse is a ring that you can only
watch with eclipse glasses
or else you will permanently damage your eyes.
See what the2013 Solar
It was great,
except, that exactly where we watched, a cloud swept over it right at
the worst moment, but it was still fantastic, and we could still see
As opposed to the 2012
solar eclipse (which was a total eclipse), the 2013 eclipse was an annular
one, which means that it does not get totally dark.
However, as opposed to a partial eclipse, the moon still goes across the
centre of the sun, creating a so called 'ring of fire'.
The event was on my list ever since the solar eclipse 2012.
But because it was in May, which could still be a late Wet Season, and
with the very late-season Cyclone
Zane, it was
still unclear only weeks before whether I was ever going to see the
solar eclipse 2013.
Then the weather cleared.
starters our chances
actually looked better than with the eclipse of 2012.
were headed to Musgrave
the middle of the peninsula, safe
for sunny skies and no risk for any coastal rains.
On top of that being next to
the Musgrave Airfield, there was plenty
of open space.
The night before the skies
were clear with millions of stars and no clouds to be seen. Good start for the solar eclipse
But in the morning the
sky was half cloudy so it was anyone's guess whether we
would see the solar eclipse 2013 at all.
The partial stages of
the first half were sunny, more or less.
At least I was able to
use the solar filter for them all (hence the black
And as soon as it
entered the annular face, where the moon is exactly in the
middle forming a ring, there
was that cloud in front of it...
So I couldn't use the
solar filter - the cloud is filtering it. The whole four
minutes that the face lasted I couldn't get a less cloudy photo than
the one above.
By the time the cloud
moved it was back to the partial face - of the second half
of the show (again I could use the filter).
And from there on it was more or less cloudy.
Despite all it was worth all the effort and hey - it could have been worse!
At least the cloud was
thin enough that I could still witness the first and last annular
eclipse of my life :-)
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