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Total Eclipse in the Australian Outback

December 4, 2002



We capped off our 2002 tour of S. Australia with a total eclipse of the sun, viewed from a location near Lyndhurst, S. Australia.  

Full story below.



Top row: sights on the road on the drive to the eclipse included kangaroo crossing signs.  (Kangaroos appear to cross everywhere except where these signs are posted.)  Newspaper story announced that the Government will open secret military base to eclipse viewers - a good location but not our choice.   We continued on to Lyndhurst.


Row2: Still further on the way to the eclipse we passed Quorn - "Hollywood" of S Australia? A local amateur astronomer showed us his homemade solar eclipse telescope; Sign warning you to have well equipped vehicle and supplies is at the point where the paved road ends at Lyndhurst, just a few kilometers short of the eclipse center line. 


Row 3:  Lyndhurst hosted an eclipse festival, probably the biggest event in the town's history.  There were 10,000s of people there.  But we went 10 km S of Lyndhurst to an isolated and less popular point on the Southern Limit of the total eclipse.   In photo on far right Marlene is checking eclipse progress with special sunglasses.


Row 4:  Sun setting shortly after total eclipse.  Lyndhurst was the best location in Australia to see an eclipsed sun setting in the horizon.

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Viewing an eclipse from the edge of a totality  [***] is an experience anyone can have if they know how.   Most people view total eclipses from a place as close to the center line as possible - exactly where most authorities, newspapers, etc tell you to be.  Very few are aware that an eclipse is better viewed at the Southern and Northern limits of the totality band.  In this eclipse there where 10,000s of people at Lyndhurst (near the center) and less than 100 people (1 bus group and 4 small parties) at the edge.  If you want to be one of the knowing few, see technical information @ Meta Research.   A GPS or very good topographic map is essential to find the optimum location near the eclipse shadow limits.




Our picture of the total eclipse, captured with a 400 mm lens, on the Southern edge of totality.  The Bailey Beads phenomena (on the North rim of the sun) is more spectacular (stays on longer) at totality edge than at the center line.



2005 R. Abileah

Last updated February 27, 2008