Antarctica to stage eclipse of midnight sun on November 25

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Lunar eclipse for North America before sunrise December 10

The best views of the fourth and final solar eclipse of 2011 will be from Antarctica, that part of the globe that now enjoys 24 hours of sunshine. In fact, if you were in the right spot in Antarctica, you’d be able to witness a spectacular eclipse of the midnight sun tonight, with nearly 90% of the sun’s disk covered over by the new moon.

Nearly six months ago, in early June 2011, the Arctic regions saw an eclipse of the midnight sun. Now it’s Antarctica’s turn.

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Outside of Antarctica, a much shallower partial solar eclipse will be visible sometime tomorrow – on Friday, November 25 – from southwestern South Africa, Tasmania and all but the northeastern end of New Zealand. If you’re in a position to watch this eclipse, remember that it is of paramount importance to use proper eye protection.

Eye safety during solar eclipses

On a worldwide scale, the whole eclipse lasts for nearly four hours. It starts at sunrise over the South Atlantic Ocean, sweeps eastward over the landless oceans and the Antarctic continent, and finally ends at sunset over New Zealand.

Map below shows the eclipse zone for the partial solar eclipse. Image credit: NASA/GSFC

Outside of Antarctica, not too many places on land will get to see tomorrow’s partial solar eclipse. As seen from South Africa, the eclipse will take place in the early morning, not much after sunrise on Friday, November 25. Tasmania will see the eclipse in the late afternoon on Friday, and New Zealand (South Island and the southern portion of the North Island) will see the sun in eclipse as the sun sets tomorrow.

If you’re among those privileged enough to see the partial eclipse tomorrow, we remind you to use proper eye protection, whether you’re in Antarctica, South Africa, Tansmania or New Zealand.

Eye safety during solar eclipses

Lunar eclipse for North America before sunrise December 10

Local eclipse times for November 25, 2011

South Africa

Cape Town
Eclipse begins: 6:28 a.m. local time
Maximum eclipse: 6:53 a.m.
Eclipse ends: 7:18 a.m.
Obscuration: 4%

Port Elizabeth
Eclipse begins: 4:38 a.m. local time
Maximum eclipse: 4:53 a.m.
Eclipse ends: 5:07 a.m.
Obscuration: <1%


Hobart, Tansmania
Eclipse begins: 6:30 p.m local time
Maximum eclipse: 6:49 p.m.
Eclipse ends: 7:08 p.m.
Obscuration: 1.57%

Launceton, Tansmania
Eclipse begins: 6:39 p.m. local time
Maximum eclipse: 6:51 p.m.
Eclipse ends: 7:03 p.m.
Obscuration: <1%

New Zealand

Eclipse begins: 8:03 p.m. local time
Maximum eclipse: 8:41 p.m.
Sun sets before eclipse ends
Obscuration: 19.45%

Eclipse begins: 8:07 p.m. local time
Maximum eclipse: 8:42 p.m.
Sun sets before eclipse ends
Obsuration: 17.46%

Eclipse begins: 8:10 p.m. local time
Sun sets before maximum eclipse
Obscuration: <1%

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