Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Here comes the sun!!
And this is what it looked like from the beach at Cairns
That was weird but sent shivers down my spine.
We have just had a total solar eclipse it actually was just North of us (about 700miles) but we got about 91% eclipse and believe me we knew.
I was watching on TV and further North it went dark a shadow 150km (93 miles) wide was cast over Northern Australia from bright sunshine to dark its summer here and the sun was already bright at 6.38am and it went dark as night and then the corona could be seen a ring round the covered sun magical!!
There had been cloud cover but it cleared just for the total eclipse then covered the sun again Isnt nature amazing??
Here slightly further south we got a sort of new moon effect from the sun but more interesting the bright sunlight became filtered and the birds went to their nests!! And there was total silence from the wild life. Then the sun came out again and worked up to its usual power - full and bright!!
It lasted maybe 1 ½ hrs in total but the actual total eclipse was only maybe a minute and we only had the softer filtered sunlight (and it wasnt cloud here) about 3 min or so maybe up to 5 min.
Later I went into Curves and everyone was talking about the eerie feeling when the eclipse was at its height, the shadowy yellow light and the silence from wild life it was striking.
Fantastic Nature never ceases to amaze!! I doubt I will see one again in my lifetime - but I am glad I had the chance to see the effects of this one.
The stages of the eclipse
Photos from the local daily newspaper Courier Mail