Near total eclipse tomorrow morning
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.