Total Solar Eclipse, November 2012: Images and Video

by Nancy Atkinson on November 13, 2012

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View of the eclipse from Clifton Beach in Queensland, Australia. Credit: Camilla the Rubber Chicken

Here are some images and video from the total solar eclipse from today, November 13/14, 2012 (depending on where you were), which was visible only from the northern part of Australia. The image above comes from Camilla_SDO, the mascot of the Solar Dynamics Observatory mission. “Clifton Beach was cheering during the totality and Diamond Ring,” Camilla tweeted.

We’ll be adding more images as they become available.

This video comes via a TV news station in New Zealand:

Here are some photos via Robert Hollow, education and public outreach specialist who traveled to Maitland Downs in Queensland, Australia with the “Under a Darkened Star” Student Astronomy Conference, sponsored by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO):

Totality from Maitland Downs. Credit: Robert Hollow/CSIRO.

An eclipsed Sun rises over a ridge in Maitland Downs, Queensland, Australia. Credit: Robert Hollow/CSIRO.

A ‘wedding ring’ at end of totality from Maitland Downs. Credit: Robert Hollow/CSIRO

A view of the Sun after totality through a refractor telescope. Credit: Robert Hollow/CSIRO

Screenshot from the webcast feed from Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef, Australia at 20:30 UTC.

A montage of the Solar Eclipse, sent in by Julia, as seen from Adelaide, South Australia. Click to see a larger version.

Daniel Fischer traveled to Australia to watch the eclipse, and described the experience as “Pure drama with complicated clouds – slender solar crescents seen moments before C2 and after C3 but totality was invisible.” Here are a few of his images:

Eclipse watchers at Wangetti Beach in Queensland, Australia. Credit: Daniel Fischer.

Approaching totality, through the clouds at Wangetti Beach in Queensland, Australia. Credit: Daniel Fischer.

A sliver of a crescent, nearing totality with more clouds at Wangetti Beach in Queensland, Australia. Credit: Daniel Fischer.

A clouded out eclipse. Credit: Ian Musgrave.

Ian Musgrave from Adelaide, Australia traveled to Cairns in Queensland just for the eclipse, and was completely clouded out, but still took this interesting picture. “The sky went eerily dark, and the patch of sun on the sea went out,” he wrote on his blog. “Afterwards, the cloud went away just as the Sun appeared from behind the Moon. Amazing.”

Below is a group of images from Shahrin Ahmad, who wrote us, “With the weather in Cairns not promising, we decided to go inland to Mareeba, with a slightly shorter eclipse totality duration of 1 minute 39 seconds. We were lucky because the sky here was clear and free from clouds. With the Moon so low to the horizon, this eclipse seems ‘larger’ than usual, due to the Moon Illusion effect. It was certainly a spectacular eclipse!”

Diamond Ring effect seen at Mareeba. Credit: Shahrin Ahmad

Just moments before second contact. Credit: Shahrin Ahmad

Prominences, loops of plasma are seen emanating from the Sun’s limb during the eclipse. Credit: Shahrin Ahmad

Moonshadow. Credit: Shahrin Ahmad

More images from the webcasts:

Screenshot from the Panasonic feed from Fitzroy Island during totality.

Screenshot of NASA’s eclipse webcast feed just the Sun emerged from totality over Palm Cove, Australia. Via Jason Major.

Screenshot of the feed from Fitzroy Island at 20:18 UTC.

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Nancy Atkinson is Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also works with Astronomy Cast, and is a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

EMi Emot November 16, 2012 at 4:07 AM

wow.. congratulation Mr Shahrin from Malaysia!!! :D

Patrick November 20, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Here’s another one to add to the mix. This is the view from the X-Ray Telescope (XRT) aboard the Hinode satellite.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNzleYZL6u8

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