Total eclipse seen Downunder

2012-11-11 11:33
Concentrated solar power has emerged as a renewable energy alternative. (AP)

Concentrated solar power has emerged as a renewable energy alternative. (AP)

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Paris - Aboriginal myths, tropical Australia and the Great Barrier Reef provide a stunning backdrop next week to an eagerly-awaited total eclipse of the Sun.

A swathe of northern Australia, led by the tourist paradise of Queensland, is the only place where the eclipse will be viewed by many people, for the event will mainly take place over the vast, uninhabited South Pacific.

The light show starts at 20:35 GMT on Tuesday - shortly after daybreak local time on Wednesday - when the Moon's shadow, or umbra, falls in the Garig Gunak Barlu National Park in the Northern Territory, about 250km east of Darwin, according to Nasa eclipse-meister Fred Espenak. 

"Sometimes Yhi eclipsed Bahloo, trying to kill him in a jealous rage. However, the spirits that held up the sky intervened and drove Yhi away from Bahloo.

For those positioned outside a roughly 150km-wide central path but who are still partly in the Moon's shadow, the eclipse is partial - it looks as if a bite has been taken out of the Sun.

The last total eclipse was on 11 July 2010, again over the South Pacific; the next will take place on 20 March 2015, occurring over Iceland, the Feroe Islands and Norway's far northern Svalbard archipelago, according to Espenak.

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