Joerg Schoppmeyer,  El Calafate, Patagonia, Argentina Jul. 11, 2010

Joerg Schoppmeyer,
El Calafate, Patagonia, Argentina
Jul. 11, 2010

Fans of astronomy can look forward to a total solar eclipse occuring on November 13, 2012, beginning during the early hours of November 14 over northern Australia and concluding November 13 off the western coast of the South American continent.

Conditions for a total solar eclipse occur when the moon is positioned directly between planet Earth and the Sun. The result when watching the sky is that the Moon appears much larger than the Sun and serves to block out all sunlight for several minutes, causing normal daylight hours to appear as though it were the middle of the night.

The totality of this year’s eclipse will last just a little more than 3 minutes. The best vantage point for viewing the totality of this solar eclipse event will be in northern Australia and extending to several islands off the coast of Chile. Residents of northern New Zealand and most of Chile will be able to see only a partial obscuring of the full sun.

reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_eclipse_of_November_13_2012

Physics professor Patricia Reiff of Rice University witnessed the eclipse from the deck of the Aranui 3 cruise ship just off the coast of Tahiti. She sent these pictures directly from the ship using her iPhone.

Physics professor Patricia Reiff of Rice University witnessed the eclipse from the deck of the Aranui 3 cruise ship just off the coast of Tahiti. She sent these pictures directly from the ship using her iPhone.