A total eclipse of the Sun will be visible on November 13/14, 2012 in a narrow path across the southern hemisphere. The Moon’s umbral shadow starts in northern Australia following a path across the South Pacific Ocean without crossing any other land. A partial eclipse produced by the shadow covers a much larger area in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. The width of the Moon’s shadow is around 110 miles wide and travels over 1,000 miles per hour.
The local time of the eclipse in Australia is the morning of November 14. The table below shows the times of the eclipse in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) and Universal Time (UT).
|November 13 EDT||November 13 UT/GMT|
|1st contact||14:39 EDT||19:39 UT/GMT|
|2nd contact||15:36 EDT||20:36 UT/GMT|
|Peak Eclipse||17:12 EDT||22:12 UT/GMT|
|3rd contact||18:49 EDT||23:49 UT/GMT|
|4th contact||19:46 EDT||00:46 UT/GMT (November 14)|
You can learn more about the eclipse and the significance of eclipses in the Science @ NASA article and Science Cast video below.