Near to­tal eclipse to­mor­row morn­ing

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THERE will be an­other so­lar eclipse mak­ing an ap­pear­ance in the re­gion to­mor­row morn­ing, when the moon cov­ers over 80 per cent of the sun.

The eclipse will not be a to­tal event like in last Novem­ber though.

Even in the best view­ing lo­ca­tion of Ten­nant Creek in the North­ern Ter­ri­tory, they will see about 97 per cent eclipsed.

As­trologer and edi­tor of the

Aust- ralian Astro-Space News mag­a­zine and writer for Aus­tralasian Science mag­a­zine David ‘‘ Astro Dave’’ Reneke said be­cause of the sun’s path, Port Dou­glas would be the next best place to view the eclipse.

‘‘This one will be an­gu­lar and al­though the moon will not cover the sun com­pletely there will be a ring of fire around the moon which is quite un­usual,’’ Mr Reneke said.

‘‘It will look like a huge bite taken out of an ap­ple and al­most ma­jor­ity of the sun will dis­ap­pear for peo­ple in Port Dou­glas and Cairns.’’

Mr Reneke said it will be worth watch­ing the eclipse as long as safety pre­cau­tions were taken in­clud­ing so­lar glasses, cre­at­ing pro­jec­tors from cam­eras, lenses and card­board and not star­ing di­rectly at the sun.

‘‘Peo­ple can hold their binoc­u­lars and let the sun come through with a bit of pa­per be­hind it as a pro­jec­tion method or do­ing the same with a tele­scope but not look­ing through,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s go­ing to be a spec­tac­u­lar view up there and well worth look­ing at it.’’

The so­lar eclipse will start at 7.28am and fin­ish by 10.27am.

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