Don’t miss this once in a life time event! Perfect viewing from Port Douglas beach which is a 10 minute walk from our resort. We just had a cancellation and now have 2 Private Garden Villa’s available over the whole week! Please navigate to our reservation site for bookings.
Australia’s Cairns and Great Barrier Reef region is the only place in the world where you can experience the full glory of earth’s total solar eclipse from 5.45am to 7.40am on Wednesday 14 November 2012.
When dawn breaks across Cairns and Great Barrier Reef on 14 November 2012, the early chatter of birds and animals will be replaced by an eerie silence. The temperature will drop as the moon overtakes
the sun and casts a shadow so large the land will be plunged into darkness.
Eclipse 2012 is attracting world-wide attention from visitors planning holidays around the event which is best viewed from the Port Douglas region. The total solar eclipse will be seen along a strip of land about 200km wide which crosses the top of eastern Australia and the Coral Sea.
As the moon moves between the earth and the sun it will look like a small bite which gradually increases in size. Watch for Baily’s Beads where the sun shines through the rugged surface of the moon creating points of light on the edge of the moon’s disc. These can only be seen for a few seconds before and after total darkness. When only one point of light is left,
it is called the Diamond Ring effect as the single bead of light looks like a shiny ring with an enormous sparkling diamond.
When the moon covers the sun entirely, a faint halo or corona appears and this phase is known as totality. As the moon moves away from the sun, Baily’s Beads may be seen again before the sun fully emerges.
Did You Know?
During the total part of the eclipse the sky becomes so dark that some plants and stars will become visible?
At the time of the eclipse, the planets Venus and Saturn will be higher in the sky than the Sun, while Mercury will be between the Sun and the horizon. These planets and the Moon will form a line. This is because all the planets are in approximately the same plane as they orbit the sun.
During a Total Solar Eclipse is the only time this can be seen in this way. It may also be possible to see the bright stars of Sirius and Canopus as well as the stars of the Southern Cross.