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Total Solar Eclipse

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 – Isn’t 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 ˝ hrs in total – but the actual total eclipse was only maybe a minute –and we only had the softer filtered sunlight (and it wasn’t 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


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PATRISNA 11/17/2012 12:33PM

    Thanks for sharing the photos. It looks amazing.


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1BEACHWALKER 11/17/2012 12:08AM

    Wow-that is awesome!! emoticon

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DESERTJULZ 11/16/2012 11:35AM

    How very cool! Love the photos.

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IMEMINE1 11/16/2012 5:35AM

    WOW,fantastic pictures. Thank you.

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GETTO140 11/14/2012 1:15PM

    Wow! Great pictures!

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MARTY728 11/14/2012 10:51AM


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RAINBOWMF 11/14/2012 7:51AM

    Thank you for sharing, that was awesome.
I can only imagine the eerie feeling you had.


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LIVING-BETTER 11/14/2012 6:22AM

    ....the blocking out of the ''usual'' familiar light (SUN) works as a symbolic block of familiar ways of beingand perceiving it is a good opportunity for re-invent..
isn't it?

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GOANNA2 11/14/2012 5:40AM

    Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing..Nature is truly amazing.

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OPALMOON 11/14/2012 5:26AM

    Thanks so much for sharing, Anne! Those pictures are just amazing! Wow...

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4RASCALS 11/14/2012 3:40AM

    Wow Great pictures. Thanks for sharing your experience. It is truly magical.

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ARTJAC 11/14/2012 12:52AM

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TOTHEFUTURE1 11/14/2012 12:13AM

    My daughter phoned me to get out of bed to see it but is was very cloudy so I just watched on TV

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SUNNYWBL 11/14/2012 12:13AM

    Thank you for the first hand report and the photos! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 11/13/2012 10:19PM

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing the experience AND the photos with us. Very awesome. The only full solar eclipse that I remember getting to enjoy was when I was in 6th or 7th grade.

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WILLOW49 11/13/2012 10:04PM

    Just beautiful!

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KARIDIAN1 11/13/2012 9:50PM

    Very cool.

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123ELAINE456 11/13/2012 8:58PM

  Awesome!!! Amazing and Beautiful. God Bless You and Enjoy Today. Take Care.

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LIBBYL1 11/13/2012 8:50PM


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DETERMINED_ME 11/13/2012 8:34PM

    Thank you for sharing! It's such an amazing phenomenon.

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KATRINAKAT23 11/13/2012 8:01PM

  Yes, it is amazing. I saw one in the 70's and I probably won't see one again either.

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LINOVER 11/13/2012 7:54PM

    Thanks for sharing! It definitely must have been an interesting experience!

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MRSBENNETT2 11/13/2012 7:48PM

    Thanks for posting this....I wondered how it went up there. (I'd only read one posting from an animal rehab place in Kuranda that set up a camera in the bat aviary and all they could see was curious fruit bats harrassing the camera.;) )
I've only seen one total solar eclipse so far - back when I was in junior high in the States. I still remember the eerie feeling! I would've liked to experience this one.

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KAYELENE 11/13/2012 7:43PM

    Beautiful photos. We had a solar eclipse here in Western Australia some years ago and I was surprised by how cool everywhere felt as well as how dim and silent. I agree it is quite eerie. Thank you for sharing.

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CINDHOLM 11/13/2012 7:41PM

    Cool Pix, thanx for sharing!! emoticon

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FIRECOM 11/13/2012 7:41PM

    The stars are truly a beautiful thing to witness. Can you just imagine how the people of the early centuries tried to understand even the basics of astronomy?

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