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Travel Advisory New Zealand: Solar Eclipse

One of the most rare astronomical events will occur tomorrow in New Zealand, North Australia and parts of Indonesia. A total solar eclipse is expected over Northern Australia Wednesday 14 November.

Imelda B. Joson and Edwin L. Aguirre

Montage of an eclipse in 2008 - Imelda B. Joson and Edwin L. Aguirre

For those who do not know exactly what a solar eclipse is, the phenomena happens when the moon actually passes in between Earth and the Sun. Obviously the sun’s rays are blocked for the moments before and after these asteroids are aligned. In areas where the event can be seen from, those parts of our planet are cast into a sort of eerie darkness during the daytime.

According to the reports, the best location to witness this particular incident will be in Queensland, in North Australia. For two full minutes, the sun will literally be blotted out by the moon in alignment with it and the Earth.

To learn more about the event tomorrow, we suggest the reader consult Space.com for more detailed info. According to this specialty website, the eclipse will begin at 3:35 p.m. EST (2035 GMT) and last about 3.1 hours as the moon’s shadow moves across Earth.

Photo credit: Montage of eclipse – courtesy Imelda and Edwin who created this montage of the March 29, 2006 total solar eclipse from individual photos they obtained from Salloum, Egypt. via Space.com