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Cairns 2012 Eclipse day.

Monday, November 26, 2012

This is the fourth total solar eclipse I have watched. This is the first one since my husband died however.

I went to Australia with both my daughters, and one son in law. Its my elder daughters first trip abroad, and her first eclipse too, my younger daughter and her husband, came with us to eclipses in Libya, and China.

We were to watch the eclipse from Palm Cove, a beach just outside of Cairns. Dawn was at 4.30. So 3.45am sees us trotting off to the beach in the dark. The day was not started well by me turning my ankle on a tree root and sprawling full length! Accompianed by some rude words!

First contact, when the Sun starts to slide behind the Moon, was due to happen nine minutes after sunrise.



So the Sun breaks the horizon, as expected at 4.30, and seven minutes later disappears behind the only really dark cloud in the whole sky! And there it stays!

For the next 45 minutes we watch agonised. You can see the Suns rays under the cloud, you can see it's getting darker, but of the eclipse there's no sign. Further around the bay, they are in sunshine, they have a lovely view! We all sit watching the patch of sunlight as it creeps slowly towards us. I am almost suicidal, my daughters' only eclipse and we're missing it.

Then finally, ten minutes before second contact, totality, the patch of sunlight reaches us, and the Sun bursts into view. There is only a sliver left. Slowly, slowly it shrinks, until the last of the Suns rays are shining through the valleys on the Moon, Baileys Beads are with us.



Then they are gone. The Moons shadow sweeps over us, and the solar corona springs into view. Purly white and iridescent. The rest of the landscape is dark, and Venus shines through a break in the clouds.



For two minutes and twenty seconds the world holds its breath. Then light starts to show at the top of the disc, and the diamond ring is suddenly in view, just as the clouds start to obscure the Sun again.



And it's over. Light floods back into the world. For the next 45 minutes the Sun will slowly emerge from behind the Moon, but already the clouds are back as we make our way back to our hotel. The next eclipse is visible from Svarlbad, in the Arctic circle in March 2015, I'm not sure if I'll go to that one, but I just might.
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KURTZSOGOOD 12/5/2012 2:32PM

    That's really awesome. I think I got to see one as a kid... I hope to again some day! Thanks for sharing the pictures. :)

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FALLNTENN 11/30/2012 9:07AM

    Amazing!

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EOWYNRUSS 11/29/2012 2:25AM

    Absolutely amazing, magical. Totally jealous. I am so sorry you had to see this one without your husband, but am happy you kept up this tradition. Perhaps, in the beauty and stillness of that moment, he was nearby.

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LITTLEKELT 11/28/2012 12:55PM

    What an amazing blog. The photos and descriptions were wonderful.
I do remember the one in 1999. My husband was alive then too. We sat up on the South Downs looking over the sea to France with some of our children, and felt the world go quieter, colder and darker. Then, like someone else mentioned, all the birds stopped singing.Everyone stopped talking too. It was as if the whole universe was pausing to take in a big breath. Then gently, like a huge, silent sigh, the light and warmth came back and the birds started singing again.
I'm so glad the big cloud moved and allowed you and your family to see it.

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AKELAZ 11/28/2012 3:23AM

    WOW! Beautiful words and pictures. What a wonderful shared family experience - thanks so much for sharing it with us too.

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STFRENCH 11/27/2012 7:46AM

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Thank you so much for sharing! What beautiful photos! xx

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ANIHAKA 11/27/2012 7:12AM

    Amazing and well worth the visit down under. You won't want to return to the wet, short days etc from all that sunshine. emoticon

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MELAYAHM 11/26/2012 11:53PM

    Gorgeous! 4 eclipses, you must really love them to travel about so much to see them, although, was one of in this country? 1999 I think it was?

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COCK-ROBIN 11/26/2012 10:31PM

    Wow, wish I was there.

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BEECHNUT13 11/26/2012 10:19PM

    Wow, that's amazing!

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JUNEAU2010 11/26/2012 8:21PM

    Those are the best eclipse photos I've seen in eons! Thank you for sharing!
emoticon I know there had to have been some tears in your heart thinking of your husband. Sorry for your loss.

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MADAMES 11/26/2012 6:22PM

    Unbelievable! Thank you for sharing!

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MILLISMA 11/26/2012 5:19PM

    The photos are fantastic. Thanks so much for sharing them.

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ISHIIGIRL 11/26/2012 4:21PM

    Hey, thanks for sharing! Amazing!

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NEW-CAZ 11/26/2012 3:18PM

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STONECOT 11/26/2012 3:17PM

    I ought to say that the dawn picture was mine, but the others were taken by my younger daughter Jenny, who has a real talent for it. She was actually disappointed with a lot of her photos, which she said were out of focus, possibly the wind shifting her camera on the tripod, but these three looked fine to me.

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JURASSICSUE 11/26/2012 2:58PM

    I remember the one here in the UK a few years ago. It was so spooky as the light faded and the birds were flying back to their nests thinking it was night time already. I remember the stillness. It was magical. How great that you've seen several of them!

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RUTHIE_UK 11/26/2012 2:46PM

    Great pictures! emoticon

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DAWN14163 11/26/2012 2:38PM

    Wow! Stunning photos. Thanks for sharing.
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PINKANGEL73 11/26/2012 2:37PM

    Great photos - thanks for sharing. How exciting to travel to such different places to see it happen.

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CHICCHANTAL 11/26/2012 2:22PM

    I just might go with you. I saw the last eclipse, in France and it was unforgettable. did everyone break into applause when the sun emerged in Cairns? They did in France. I wouldn't have missed it for anything

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BONOLICIOUS2 11/26/2012 2:21PM

    Wow - this is INCREDIBLE! How special! I am so jealous that you get to travel the world to see such amazing sights! Thanks for sharing!

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CIPHER1971 11/26/2012 2:11PM

    Wow - you are so lucky and we are so lucky that you shared emoticon

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RAINBOWCHOC 11/26/2012 1:18PM

    would recommend Svalbard, we were there in 2000. Fabulous pictures, great memories for your daughters

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ADELE66 11/26/2012 1:05PM

    Amazing!

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JACKIE542 11/26/2012 12:22PM

    Beautiful! emoticon emoticon

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