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).










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









Astronomical Society of Australia


Launceston Planetarium


CSIRO - Australian Telescope Facility


Astronomy Sites - A comprehensive list of Australian sites.




How solar eclipses work


Solar eclipse for beginners


What you would see watching a total eclipse


Eclipse Web Site - a special solar and lunar eclipse site


Websites for teachers:


Make your own Solar Eclipse


Astronomy and Space Articles


The Solar System and the Stars


NASA Education Gateway