Glimpse of eclipse

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

AS THE re­gion gears up for the so­lar eclipse in Novem­ber, an­other ex­tremely rare ce­les­tial event was clearly vis­i­ble from our shores this week as Venus crossed the sun.

Venus, one of the bright­est lights in the night sky, was clearly vis­i­ble as a black disc slowly pass­ing against the back­ground of the ris­ing sun dur­ing the six-and-a-halfhour spec­ta­cle yes­ter­day.

The ea­gerly an­tic­i­pated event on the as­tro­nom­i­cal cal­en­dar is so rare very few peo­ple are likely to see it again, with the next Venus tran­sit pre­dicted for 2117.

The phe­nom­e­non oc­curred in the wake of a par­tial eclipse, which was vis­i­ble on June 4 and lasted al­most two hours.

All eyes will be on Port Dou­glas at 6.38am on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 14, when the to­tal so­lar eclipse casts a shadow over the re­gion for around two min­utes.

Oak Beach is the so­lar eclipse epi­cen­tre and the best place to wit­ness the phe­nom­e­non in the world.

More than 20,000 eclipse-watch­ers are ex­pected in the re­gion in the lead-up to the event and Port Dou­glas will host an eclipse festival to cel­e­brate.

The next to­tal eclipse will not oc­cur in Queens­land un­til 2027 in the south­ern part of the state and it will not be un­til 2077 when Nor­man­ton and Cook­town are eclipsed.

Eclipse en­tree: Venus passes across the sun yes­ter­day as viewed through spe­cial­ist equip­ment

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