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

13 May

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Last Friday far north Queensland was under 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 inside an approximately 100 mile wide track from Western Australia, across the Northern Territory, the Gulf of Carpentaria, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands & Kiribati.

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 the 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. LISTEN Click on the red arrow to hear Lyn describe last Friday’s solar eclipse.

Read more about Sweers Island at http://www.sweers.com.au/

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Posted by on May 13, 2013 in Cairns Queensland, Cape York Peninsula, EFFINCUE, environment, far north Queensland, People, tropical weather & climate

 

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