Solar Eclipse November 2012

English: Animation showing the total solar ecl...

English: Animation showing the total solar eclipse of November 13, 2012 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A total solar eclipse will take place on 13–14 November 2012  in Australia and New Zealand local date 14th November, with a magnitude of 1.0500, occurring only 12 hours before perigee, with greatest eclipse totality lasting just over 4 minutes.

A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partially obscuring the image of the Sun for a viewer on Earth. A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon’s apparent diameter is larger than the Sun, blocking all direct sunlight, turning day into darkness.

Totality occurs in a narrow path across the surface of the Earth, while a partial solar eclipse will be visible over a region thousands of kilometres wide. This Solar Eclipse is occurring on the Diwali day, a Hindu festival celebrated worldwide.

Solar Saros 133, repeating every 18 years, 11 days, contains 72 events.

The series started with a partial solar eclipse on July 13, 1219. It contains annular eclipses from November 20, 1435 through January 13, 1526, with a hybrid eclipse on January 24, 1544. It has total eclipses from February 3, 1562 through June 21, 2373. The series ends at member 72 as a partial eclipse on September 5, 2499. The longest duration of totality was 6 minutes, 50 seconds on August 7, 1850. The total eclipses of this saros series are getting shorter and farther south with each iteration. Thus it is becoming increasingly irrelevant as the most populous continents are in the northern hemisphere. Each eclipse is heading closer towards Antarctica.

The total solar eclipse on November 13 is at 21º Scorpio and on Fixed star Unukalhai in the heart of the serpent. This star is in the very snake being held by Ophiuchus the medicine man and unfortunately it has a horrible reputation. The eclipse is opposite Sedna, which can also be treacherous, and the closest aspect in the chart is a poisoned-tongued Mercury square Neptune.Forked tongues, sex, lies and videotape…The whole chart is very slithery indeed. Or is it?

When we get these very challenging, potentially toxic eclipse charts we have to remember that this is your map and guide. It’s really up to the individual what one makes of this potential. If you know where the firing line is you don’t have to walk into it. You can take this venom and make it anti-venom. You can use this potent medicine to kill or cure. You are not doomed if this Eclipse falls on a hot spot in your chart, just make sure you protect it.

Two to five solar eclipses occur each year, and no more than two of those can be total eclipses. The 2012 Total Solar Eclipse on November 14, will best be viewed in Cairns, which is on the path of totality of the eclipse. Totality will occur just after sunrise at 6:39am AEST (gmt+10) with the Sun 14 degrees above the horizon.

Totality will last just over two minutes after which it will move out across unpopulated areas of the South Pacific. The best place to view the eclipse will be somewhere elevated facing East such as the Cairns Esplande Ocean View apartments, beachfront properties or island resorts. As the eclipse will attract an international audience, booking accommodation early is highly recommended.

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