Nov 13 – Nov 14, 2012 Total Solar Eclipse
A total solar eclipse can be seen from parts of Australia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, South America and Antarctica on November 13–14, 2012. It is November 14 local time when the eclipse is visible in places east of the International Date Line.
The eclipse starts at 19:38 Universal Time (UT) on November 13 and ends at 00:46 UT on November 14, 2012.
What the eclipse would look like near the maximum point
The animation shows approximately what the eclipse looks like near the maximum point of the eclipse (weather permitting).
Click the 'play' button to view the animation. The pause button can also be used to temporarily suspend the animation.
Where to see the eclipse
Continents seeing at least a partial eclipse:
- South in Asia
- Much of Australia
- South in South America
Total eclipse visible in:
Locations near the shadow's path:
Partial eclipse visible in:
- Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
- Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
- Townsville, Queensland, Australia
- Lindeman Island, Queensland, Australia
- Mackay, Queensland, Australia
- Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
- Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia
- Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia
- Port Vila, Vanuatu
- Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
- Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
- Noumea, New Caledonia, France
- Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
- Kingston, Norfolk Island
- Whangarei, New Zealand
- Hamilton, New Zealand
- Tauranga, New Zealand
- Rotorua, New Zealand
- Wellington, New Zealand
- Gisborne, New Zealand
When the eclipse happens worldwideThe eclipse starts at one location and ends at another. The times below are actual times (in UTC) when the eclipse occurs.
|Event||UTC Time||Time in Washington DC*|
|First location to see partial eclipse begin||Nov 13 at 7:38 PM||Nov 13 at 2:38 PM|
|First location to see full Eclipse begin||Nov 13 at 8:35 PM||Nov 13 at 3:35 PM|
|Maximum Eclipse||Nov 13 at 10:12 PM||Nov 13 at 5:12 PM|
|Last location to see full Eclipse end||Nov 13 at 11:48 PM||Nov 13 at 6:48 PM|
|Last location to see partial Eclipse end||Nov 14 at 12:45 AM||Nov 13 at 7:45 PM|
* Local times shown do not refer to when the eclipse can be observed from Washington DC. Instead, they indicate the times when the eclipse begins, is at its max, and ends, somewhere else on earth. The corresponding local times are useful if you want to view the eclipse via a live webcam.
Eclipses viewable in Washington DC.
This solar eclipse is visible in northern Australia and the South Pacific Ocean. The best place to view the total eclipse is the city of Cairns, in Queensland, Australia, which experiences about 2 minutes of totality at about 20:38 UT, or 06:38 AEST, on November 14. The nearby town of Port Douglas also experiences the eclipse and hosts a solar eclipse marathon run to coincide with the event.
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