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Monday, November 12, 2012

November 13, 2012 Solar Eclipse


total solar eclipse can be seen from parts of Australia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, South America and Antarctica on November 13–14, 2012. It is November 14 local time when the eclipse is visible in places east of the International Date Line.
The eclipse starts at 19:38 Universal Time (UT) on November 13 and ends at 00:46 UT on November 14, 2012.
This solar eclipse will be visible in northern Australia and the South Pacific Ocean. The best place to view the total eclipse will be the city of Cairns, in Queensland, Australia, which will experience about 2 minutes of totality at about 20:38 UT, or 06:38 AEST, on November 14. The nearby town of Port Douglas will also experience the eclipse and will host a solar eclipse marathon run to coincide with the event. See our tips on viewing an eclipse.
Parts of Australia and New Zealand that will see a partial view of the eclipse include:
You can also see the weather for these places, also found in the World Clock, closer to the eclipse’s date. After crossing the South Pacific, the eclipse’s path ends at about 800km west of Chile at 23:48 UT.

When will the eclipse occur?

The penumbral eclipse (P1) starts at 19:37:58 UT and the partial eclipse (U1) starts at 20:35:08 UT.
The total eclipse (U2) starts at 20:37:03 UT, and the point of greatest eclipse occurs over the Pacific Ocean (latitude 39°57.6’S, longitude 161°20.2'W) at 22:11:48 UT.  At this instant, the axis of the Moon's shadow passes closest to Earth's centre. The maximum duration of totality is 4 minutes 2 seconds.
The total eclipse (U3) ends at 23:46:27 UT followed by the end of the partial eclipse (U4) at 23:48:24 UT. The penumbral eclipse (P4) ends at 00:45:34 UT.

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