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FRIDAY’S SOLAR ECLIPSE SEEN FROM SWEERS ISLAND – GULF OF CARPENTARIA

Annular eclipse from Sweers Island photo by Tex Battle
Annular eclipse from Sweers Island photo by Tex Battle

Last Friday far north Queensland was underneath a solar eclipse for the second time in six months. This was an annular eclipse where the moon moves directly in front of the sun, but doesn’t obscure it completely. What remains visible is a thin, fiery ring – the annulus.

This eclipse was only visible along a 100-mile-wide track from Western Australia, across the Northern Territory, the Gulf of Carpentaria, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands & Kiribati.

The path of the eclipse across northern Australia
The path of the eclipse across northern Australia

This eclipse didn’t attract the international attention the last one did – back in November 2012, when thousands of people came to FNQ to see a total eclipse. And not as many people were able to see this one due to some wet weather along the east coast. But viewing conditions were perfect on Sweers Island, in the southern Gulf of Carpentaria. Lyn and Tex Battle run a fishing resort on the island. Tex took the eclipse pictures you see here and Lyn was kind enough to interrupt a conversation with a friend in Alaska on ham radio to take our call and describe the eclipse.

 

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