John Cleverdon (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mon, 15 Feb 1999 21:20:25 PST
>Not quite an actual rail sighting, but this could make for some amazing
>lighting effects for photography.
>There is an annualar solar eclipse this afternoon. Thre will be a near
>elcipse in a line from about Geraldton (WA) to just north of Cairns.
>by the map a kind astronomer drew me, here are the approximate (local)
>and percentages of the eclipse at its peak.
>Perth 14,20 90%
>Kalgoorlie 14.30 85%
>Alice Springs 16.15 90%
>Adelaide 17.15 70%
>Hobart 17.30 45%
>Melbourne 17.40 55%
>Canberra 17.45 60%
>Sydney 17.50 70%
>Brisbane 17.00 80%
>Cairns 17.10 95%
>I hope I got all the times right, taking into account who is and isn't
The times are incorrect for those on daylight savings (eg Melbourne).
They should be 1 hour later. Eg, Melbourne is 18.35.
>Remember, DO NOT look directly at the sun during an eclipse.
If you have full-strength welders mask/goggles, you can look at the Sun
safely directly through those.
Otherwise, get 2 bits of white card, cut a hole a couple of millimetres
across in one of the bits, and project the Sun through this hole on to
I'll be projecting it through my binoculars (as my telescope won't be
available at the time).
(For those interested, the next total solar eclipse in Australia will be
in the Adelaide region in 2002)
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