Cairns is a tropical sea port dedicated to tourism, namely diving excursions on the Great Barrier Reef. Our friends keeping their eyes on the skies predict the time will be in the early evening, so you can still spend a day in the water and experience the astronomical rarity. The city will be hosting a Solar Eclipse Festival for tens of thousands of intergalactic revelers will be able celebrate on the beach.
With hotels filling up quickly, Holland America Cruise Lines have already announced they will be setting sail from Sydney to the tropical waters of the Coral Sea for prime viewing of the eclipse. According to astronomers, observers further from land will get about 4 minutes of shielded sunlight. Shuffleboard and a solar eclipse on the Lido Deck. Anyone?
We have told you before about a company that flies around the skies to sneak a peak at the phenomena. And for an eclipse back in 2003, Qantas and LAN chartered eclipse-chasing flights for people to catch views in the air. No word from any airlines if this extravagance will be offered again.
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