An annular solar eclipse will cross Cape York on the morning of 10 May 2013. The eclipse will start at sunrise in Western Australia; move over Northern Territory in the region of Tennant Creek and cross Cape York before heading out towards Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Ocean. It will intersect the path of the total solar eclipse of 14 November 2012 in the area of the west coast of Cape York and will cross the east coast to the north of Cooktown. The indigenous communities of Kowanyama and Pormpuraaw will have the highly unusual privilege of experiencing two solar eclipses within six months.

Fig 10.1Fig 10.2

Figure 10-1 shows the path of both eclipses across Cape York. Figure 10-2 is a map which shows the path of the Annular eclipse across Queensland and the partial eclipse that will occur across Queensland at the same time.

Table 10-1 shows the timing at locations in the path of annularity and timing of the partial eclipse for selected other locations in Queensland. All times are in Australian Eastern Standard Time (UTC + 10 hours).

Table 10-1 Annular Solar eclipse 10 May 2013 timing for selected locations

Location

Start

Partial

h:m (am)

Start

Annular

h:m:s am

Annular

Duration

m:s

Maximum

Magnitude

Time of

Max.

h:m (am)

End

Partial

h:m (am)

Sun

Elev.

(at max)

Annular eclipse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kowanyama

7:27

8:42:18

4m 30s

97%

 

10:19

26°

Pormpuraaw

7:27

8:42:52

3m 19s

96%

 

10:19

26°

Coen

7:27

8:45:35

2m 14s

95%

 

10:23

28°

Partial eclipse

 

            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cairns

7:28

 

 

88%

8:49

10:27

29°

Cooktown

7:28

 

 

93%

8:49

10:27

29°

Townsville

7:29

 

 

81%

8:49

10:27

29°

Rockhampton

7:34

 

 

65%

8:54

10:30

30°

Brisbane

7:41

 

 

52%

8:58

10:28

30°

 

 

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