A partial annular solar eclipse took place today and was visible from Australia. An annular eclipse takes place when the moon is further away from earth and it does not cover the complete solar disk, leaving a thin solar ring visible. In this case the moon cut deeply into the solar disk, obscuring about 61% of the sun’s surface in Adelaide.
The day started with heavy rain and thick clouds and it looked like we might miss the event. In the end the clouds thinned out and we had a great view. I observed the start of the eclipse from my home in the hills south of the city and later I raced down to Brighton beach hoping to photograph the eclipse during sunset. My luck ran out as a large cloud far away on the horizon obscured the eclipse at the last moment.
Well, there is always next time….
The next partial solar eclipses worth watching from Adelaide will be on 13/7/2018 and on 20/4/2023. A total solar eclipse will cut over the centre of Australia on 22/7/2028. See http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/solar/2028-july-22
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Photos taken with a Canon 600D with a Canon EFS 55-250mm lens at 250mm with a home made metallic-coated mylar film filter.