November 8, 2012
Next Week’s Australian Total Solar Eclipse Available Online
Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online
As the total solar eclipse takes place next week for Australians, those people residing in other places in the world do not need to feel left in the dark.
The eclipse, which will be taking place on November 13, will be covered by a three-person crew at the prime observing location by Slooh. The team will include, photographer Anjali Bermain, astro-imager Matt Francis and Astronomy Magazine's Bob Berman. BBC contributor, Dr. Lucie Green, solar researcher at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, will be joining the broadcast along with Slooh´s President, Patrick Paolucci, and Paul Cox, Slooh´s Public Outreach Coordinator.
Viewers will be able to watch the event on their computer or mobile device and will have the ability to ask questions of the Slooh team.
“We are ecstatic to have a world-class team on-site in Cairns bringing the power and beauty of this spectacular event live to our worldwide audience,” Slooh President, Patrick Paolucci, said in a statement. “We are ramped up and ready to go to handle millions of viewers.”
As the Moon races across the sky next Wednesday, its dark umbral shadow will touch Earth and create a long narrow path in which the stars can be seen in the daytime.
Observers will be able to witness the solar coroner, or atmosphere, and pink prominences along the Sun's edge. A total solar eclipse occurs just once every 375 years on average, for any given region on Earth.
For this total solar eclipse, the path will be about 108 miles wide and will cover 9,000 miles over a 3-hour period.
"Nothing in nature can equal the sheer spectacle of a total solar eclipse, and this time the event is a dramatic sunrise apparition in the tropics, low over the ocean off the Great Barrier Reef," Astronomy Magazine's Bob Berman, author of 'The Sun's Heartbeat', said in a press release. Occurring as it does within months of the expected Solar Max, the solar corona should take on a 'wound up' circular shape, with a high potential for tongues of pink nuclear fire leaping from the Sun's edge."
The next total solar eclipse for Earth will occur on November 3, 2014 in Africa, while the U.S. will not be experiencing one until August 21, 2017.