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.
Where the Eclipse Was Seen
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Path of the Eclipse Shadow
Regions that saw, at least, a partial eclipse: South in Asia, Much of Australia, South in South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Antarctica.
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.
Eclipse Shadow Path
When the Eclipse Happened Worldwide — Timeline
The eclipse started at one location and ended at another. The times below are actual times (in UTC) when the eclipse occurred.
|Event||UTC Time||Time in Washington DC*|
|First location to see the partial eclipse begin||Nov 13 at 19:37:59||Nov 13 at 2:37:59 pm|
|First location to see the full eclipse begin||Nov 13 at 20:35:08||Nov 13 at 3:35:08 pm|
|Maximum Eclipse||Nov 13 at 22:11:50||Nov 13 at 5:11:50 pm|
|Last location to see the full eclipse end||Nov 13 at 23:48:24||Nov 13 at 6:48:24 pm|
|Last location to see the partial eclipse end||Nov 14 at 00:45:32||Nov 13 at 7:45:32 pm|
* These local times do not refer to a specific location but indicate the beginning, peak, and end of the eclipse on a global scale, each line referring to a different location. Please note that the local times for Washington DC are meant as a guideline in case you want to view the eclipse via a live webcam. They do not mean that the eclipse is necessarily visible there.
An Eclipse Never Comes Alone!
A solar eclipse always occurs about two weeks before or after a lunar eclipse.
Usually, there are two eclipses in a row, but other times, there are three during the same eclipse season.
This is the first eclipse this season.
Second eclipse this season: November 28, 2012 — Penumbral Lunar Eclipse