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NASA production editor Tony Phillips gives personal account of November 14th Solar Eclipse

 

Written by Dr. Tony Phillips

Science at NASA

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationWashington, D.C. – Astrophysicist and legendary eclipse chaser Fred Espenak has a rating scheme for natural wonders.  “On a scale of 1 to 10,” he says, “total eclipses are a million.”

Apparently, this true even when the eclipse is almost completely clouded out.

Last week, I experienced such an eclipse on Four Mile Beach outside the resort town of Port Douglas in Queensland, Australia. For years, tourists, astronomers and eclipse chasers had been anticipating a fantastic show over the Coral Sea on November 14th, 2012.

The total eclipse of November 14th, 2012, seen through clouds over Yorkeys Beach in Queensland, Australia. (Credit and copyright: Stephen Mudge)

The total eclipse of November 14th, 2012, seen through clouds over Yorkeys Beach in Queensland, Australia. (Credit and copyright: Stephen Mudge)

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