This week most of Australia will see a partial eclipse -- the first significant solar eclipse since 2002. Check what time you'll be able to see it from where.
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13 Nov 2012 - 8:00 AM  UPDATED 26 Aug 2013 - 10:48 AM

By Ian Musgrave, University of Adelaide

There's one more sleep to go until the Solar Eclipse on Wednesday 14 November 2012. This is the first significant solar eclipse since 2002. If you want to make a last minute dash to north Queensland to get in the path of totality, you are probably out of luck. Flights and accommodation will be hard to get (and quite expensive), and there are no hire cars to be had for love nor money.

Eclipse sequence as seen from Adelaide, 6:50-8:10 am ACDST Ian Musgrave

I'm heading up to Cairns myself, but if you are staying home, then most of Australia will see a very nice partial eclipse. There is still plenty of time to organise safe solar projection devices, but if you want to buy eclipse glasses or solar filter material then you will have to get a move on.

I have a reasonably comprehensive web page for eclipse viewing, as well I have a handy, printable PDF page that lists a whole bunch of eclipse times which you can carry around with you. It also has a bunch of things for kids to do.

The eclipse starts shortly after sunrise. Here's a quick table of eclipse times to whet you appetite for the upcoming event.

City
State
Time Zone
First Contact
Mid Eclipse
% Sun Covered
Last Contact
Adelaide
SA
ACDST
6.42
7.33
52%
8:22
Alice Springs
NT
ACST
5:27
6:16
73%
7:10
Brisbane
QLD
AEST
5:56
6:54
83%
7:58
Cairns
QLD
AEST
5.45
6.38
100% (total eclipse)
7.40
Canberra
ACT
AEDST
7:10
8:03
62%
9.02
Darwin
NT
ACST
5:17 (below horizon)
6:06 (just below horizon)
98%
7:00
Hobart
TAS
AEDST
6:55
7:44
45%
8:36
Melbourne
VIC
AEDST
7:15
8:05
53%
8:59
Mossman
QLD
AEST
5.44
6.38
100% (total eclipse)
7.40
Perth
WA
WADST
5:21 (below horizon)
6:00 (just below horizon)
40%
6:41
Port Douglas
QLD
AEST
5.44
6.37
100% (total eclipse)
7.39
Rockhampton
QLD
AEST
5:51
6:48
90%
7:52
Townsville
QLD
AEST
5:47
6:42
96%
7:43
Sydney
NSW
AEDST
7:06
8:01
68%
9:02

Ian Musgrave does not work for, consult to, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has no relevant affiliations.

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