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October 7, 2014 Destination Global, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59‘Eclipse tourism’ is a phenomenon which sees countries or regions in prime positions to view spectacular lunar or solar eclipses promote the fact in advance to attract tourists.

Generally, people will travel a long way to see a full solar eclipse, but less far to see a full lunar eclipse. Sometimes, eclipses are visible so widely that little eclipse tourism takes place.

That may be the case with a striking total lunar eclipse which will happen in the early evening tonight (Wednesday 8 October 2014). It will be viewable across most or all of Australia just by looking towards the east. Eastern Australia will have the best view.

The magnificent changing moon during a total eclipse. Phil Hart

Planetariums and observatories around the country are hosting eclipse events to share the experience with others. The eclipse will be a memorable bonus for tourists visiting Australia, as well as residents.

Like all celestial events, it’s weather-dependent. Heavy cloud cover can spoil the show.

As the sun, Earth and moon slide into line with each other this evening, the moon will slowly move through Earth’s shadow. During totality, when the Earth lies directly between the sun and the moon, the moon will take on an eerie reddish-orange glow. The moon will be full tonight so it should be a howlingly good show.

As Tanya Hill, Honorary Fellow of the University of Melbourne and Senior Curator (Astronomy) at Museum Victoria pointed out in The Conversation academic website recently, tonight’s eclipse will have begun, as observed from Western Australia, by the time the moon rises. In Perth, the moon will be almost fully eclipsed as it first appears above the eastern horizon. Totality will occur a few minutes later.

Further north around Broome, the moon rises earlier so just on half of the moon will be eclipsed at moonrise.

The rest of Australia will see the whole eclipse, from start to finish, with the moon visible in the eastern sky.

Dr Hill points out that lunar eclipses and solar eclipses come in pairs around a fortnight apart. The solar eclipse that is paired with this lunar one will occur on 23 October 2014. It will be a partial solar eclipse – the moon will block about 80% of the sun’s diameter.

Australian observers will be out of luck for that one. The solar eclipse will be visible across Canada and the USA.

Viewing times for tonight’s lunar eclipse are:

Queensland (AEST)

Start partial eclipse. 7.15pm

Start totality: 8:25pm

End totality: 9:24pm

End partial eclipse: 10:34pm

Western Australia (AWST)

Moonrise 6:19pm (Perth)

Start totality: 6:25pm

End totality: 7:24pm

End partial eclipse: 8:34pm 

Northern Territory (ACST)

Start partial eclipse: 6:45pm

Start totality: 7:55pm

End totality: 8:54pm

End partial eclipse: 10:04pm

South Australia (ACDT)

Start partial eclipse: 7:45pm

Start totality: 8:55pm

End totality. 9:54pm

End partial eclipse: 11:04pm

NSW, ACT, Victoria and Tasmania (AEDT)

Start partial eclipse: 8:15pm

Start totality: 9:25pm

End totality: 10:24pm

End partial eclipse: 11:34pm

To learn more about the eclipse, see: http://theconversation.com/get-ready-for-a-total-lunar-eclipse-32508

Written by Peter Needham

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