Solar Eclipse 2002

 

 

On December 4, a shadow passed over the South Australian town of Ceduna and the sun disappeared for 32 seconds. It was the first time Australia had experienced a total solar eclipse since 1976.

 

From Tasmania, we did not see the spectacle of totality as Tasmania is quite a long way from the path, but it still was a once in a lifetime experience. Although partial solar eclipses occur every few years from any given location, total solar eclipses are quite rare due to the narrow path from which they can be viewed.

 

The most recent total solar eclipse visible from Tasmania occurred on May 9, 1910 and the next will not be until June 25, 2131, when totality will be viewed from the far north-west corner of the state.

 

The Director of the Launceston Planetarium, Martin George, has provided some general information about the phenomena (click here to read the full story).

 

 

Activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eclipse watchers record the moment experts call totality a 32-second period when the sun was completely covered by the moon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Websites:

 

Astronomical Society of Australia

http://www.atnf.csiro.au/asa_www/info_sheets/eclipse2002.html

 

Launceston Planetarium

http://www.qvmag.tas.gov.au/planetarium

 

CSIRO - Australian Telescope Facility

http://www.atnf.csiro.au

 

Astronomy Sites - A comprehensive list of Australian sites.

http://www.assa.org.au/links

 

Eclipses

http://www.explorezone.com/space/eclipse

 

How solar eclipses work

http://www.howstuffworks.com/solar-eclipse2

 

Solar eclipse for beginners

http://www.mreclipse.com

 

What you would see watching a total eclipse

http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/questions/total_eclipse

 

Eclipse Web Site - a special solar and lunar eclipse site

http://sunearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse/eclipse

 

Websites for teachers:

 

Make your own Solar Eclipse

http://www.solarpartners.org/solar_eclipse

 

Astronomy and Space Articles

http://skymaps.com/articles

 

The Solar System and the Stars

http://www.kidsastronomy.com

 

NASA Education Gateway

http://education.jpl.nasa.gov/students/students_index