The moon passed directly between Earth and the sun today; casting a wide shadow we call solar eclipse.
It started at dawn in Australia’s Northern Territory, crossed the northeast tip of the country and then travelled across the South Pacific. As no islands were in its direct path, northern Australia was the only land where there was a chance of seeing the full eclipse. Totality – darkens that happens at the peak of the eclipse lasted just over two minutes.
Only partial eclipse was visible in New Zealand, those further north were able to see more of the sun covered by the moon.
Northland was reported as the best place to see the eclipse as about 90 per cent of the sun was obscured, while 76 per cent was obscured in Wellington.
The next substantial eclipse will not occur until 2028, and it will be only visible in the south parts of the South Island.
For a brief moment sky over the city darkened, like someone threw velvety cloak over it; playfulness of an early summer morning hushed into shadowy softness, muted and still.
According to Australian indigenous astronomy expert Duane Hamacher; ‘Most aboriginal cultures believe the sun is female and the moon is male. Some believe the sun is in love with the man but he does not reciprocate these feelings so the sun chases him around the sky. On rare occasions, she manages to grab him and in a jealous rage tries to kill him but he convinces the spirits that hold up the sky to save him, which they do.’
And in turn ‘he’ saves us, as our lives depend on the sun’s ‘chase’ around the sky!
It really is all about love, life and light!
- Eclipse plunges North Qld into darkness (bigpondnews.com)