Glimpse of eclipse
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