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Total Solar Eclipse Travel: What Went Down, Down Under

Where: Australia
November 14, 2012 at 9:59 AM | by | ()

Forewarning is fair warning. We gave ample notice for yesterday's astronomical event in Australia. Now, we can give you the low-down on the total solar eclipse that passed directly over the tropical town of Cairns.

Star gazers from all over the world flocked to the Aussie state called Queensland—ironically known as the Sunshine State—to view the phenomenon. The towns of Port Douglas and Cairns had the best vantage points to catch the precise moment the moon passed in front of the sun to block out its rays. The result? Imagine looking at everything through darkly tinted windows.

All of the celestial action began early in the morning at around 5:45 and by 6:45 the eery light-darkness took over the beaches of the Palm Cove and its surrounds. The birds stopped welcoming the day, people quieted down and the morning light turned twilight for about 3 minutes. Marathoners in Port Douglas even kicked off their 26.2 mile run at the very moment the solar system's biggest star went into hiding. We even got to experience some of the 'weird sunlight' as far south as Brisbane. Basically, many people got into the spirit of the event because it has only happened 3 times over Australia in the last 80 years.

Missed this one? Don't fret, since Earth gets a lot of opportunity for some solar eclipse travel. The next one won't be easy to hunt down since it will be best viewed somewhere in the middle of the Pacific Ocean in May of 2013. For those wanting to sit on a beach and get a good view, head to Sierra Leone and Liberia on the Western coast of Africa around November 3rd, 2013. Now, that's plenty of warning.

[Photo: Kaitlin Provost for Jaunted]

Archived Comments:

Total eclipse... not of the heart.

Super cool!