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Thanks to everyone who came to Lota to join us in viewing the Eclipse. There are a couple of images here on Bayside Bulletin site.

Thanks to Brian Hurst of Bayside Bulletin, managing editor for covering the event. And thank you to ABC radio and 4BC as well.
There are a couple of images in our Solar System image gallery.


Partial Solar Eclipse in Brisbane

Whilst the most eclipse chasers are up north enjoying the total eclipse, it is still worth getting up early to enjoy the partial eclipse down here in Brisbane. A couple of members will be at the LOTA park foreshore from 5:30am -7:45am to view the 'partial' Solar eclipse. Google map - Opposite Bart's Place (fish and chip shop) Sorry no Solar glasses left to sell. Contact Jeremy Mob: 0413 947 498 for more information. Starts 5:56am ends 7:49am

Total Eclipse

The Astronomical Association of Queensland has compiled an in depth article on the Solar Eclipse.
The link to a pdf download can be found on their home page.

What is a Solar Eclipse

A total solar eclipse is one of the most spectacular astronomical events. It occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth.

For a short period of time, the Sun is completely blocked out by the Moon, when viewed from the Earth.

Day briefly turns into night, causing temperatures to drop, birds begin to roost and many animals become confused.

Celestial mechanics

The Moon orbits our planet once every 29 and a half days. If you looked at our solar system from above the Earth, you would see that during its orbit the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun.

If you viewed the solar system from the side, however, you would see that the Moon's orbit is not always in line with the Sun and the Earth. That's why an eclipse doesn't happen every month.

Approximately once in every seven orbits the Earth, Moon, and Sun line up, and a solar eclipse occurs.

The diameter of the Sun is approximately 400 times larger than that of the Moon, but when you look at the Sun or the Moon from Earth, they appear to be the same size. This is because the Sun is almost 400 times farther away. A strange cosmic coincidence.