Thousands converge in Australia for total solar eclipse November 13-14, 2012

November 10, 2012SPACEPeople from around the world are converging on the coast of northeast Australia.  The attraction isn’t the Great Barrier Reef, just offshore, or the surrounding rain forests full of wildlife and exotic plants. They’re going to see a total eclipse of the sun. On the morning of Nov. 14th (Australia time), about an hour after sunrise, the Moon will pass directly in front of the sun. Residents and visitors of the city of Cairns, also known as the Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, will enjoy an early morning eclipse lasting 2 minutes with the sun only 14 degrees above the eastern horizon. NASA eclipse expert Fred Espenak has a rating scheme for natural wonders.  “On a scale of 1 to 10,” he says, “total eclipses are a million.”  Even the reef itself will be momentarily forgotten by onlookers as the Moon’s cool shadow sweeps across the beach and the ghostly tendrils of the solar corona surround the black lunar disk. But there’s more to this event than tourism. Scientists are attending, too.  For researchers, the brief minutes of totality offer a window into one of the deepest mysteries of solar physics: The mystery of coronal heating. In plain language, they’d like to know why the sun’s outer atmosphere or “corona” is so hot.  The surface temperature of the sun is only 6000 degrees C.  Yet the corona above it is much warmer, a million degrees Celsius or even more. To understand the physics involved, astronomers have developed instruments called coronagraphs, which block the glare of the sun to reveal the faint corona.  Three spacecraft, SOHO and the twin STEREO probes, currently monitor the solar corona using these devices. But no manmade instrument can match Earth’s natural satellite.  The Moon is nature’s greatest coronagraph. During an eclipse, “the moon reveals the innermost corona, which manmade coronagraphs have trouble seeing,” explains Shadia Habbal of the Institute for Astronomy in Hawaii.  “That is where all the magnetic field and physical processes responsible for heating the corona are evolving most rapidly.” –NASA
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8 Responses to Thousands converge in Australia for total solar eclipse November 13-14, 2012

  1. Dennis E. says:

    This type of event is fascinating indeed.

  2. Jonas says:

    Good luck through the clouds. Isnt it the rainy season?

  3. wibbys1 says:

    I find the irony very sad. From reading of the suicides in Greece and Spain due to the collapsing economy to the idiots rushing to Australia to view an eclipse—what’s wrong with this picture? As the world sits on the precipice the eclipse is the most important thing?

    • pagan66 says:

      I think it’s fabulous that people want to view an eclipse because the human race really needs to return to tuning into Mother Nature before this whole house of cards we call society falls down. If this eclipse can get people thinking & hopefully feeling the awe & power such an event generates – well all the better.

      Peace

    • Joseph t. Repas says:

      I tend to agree wibbys1….Many are blind to the Earth disasters accumulating.

      • tonic says:

        It’s also fascinating that we can even witness a total eclipse. If the moon was a little nearer or a little further from it’s current position a total eclipse (as we understand it today) would be impossible. Equally fascinating is why we only ever see one side of the moon. Everything just happens to be in sync at this time.
        If scientists are correct and the moon continues moving further and further away from us, then this period we are living through is unique, because a total eclipse is only possible for a very short period of Earths history..
        Maybe it’s worth the trip.

  4. Ali says:

    Viewing major solar events re aligns you with the earth/suns vibration, revitalises you. Looking directly at the sun charges your chakras. More people should be doing this and taking the energy away from governments greed and corruption!

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