Total Solar Eclipse 12th November 2012 Pic by Danny Widdicombe
Talk about frustrating! I flew my family up to Cairns to witness the 2012 total eclipse of the Sun. I had my solar filter made, my eclipse times memorised, the family were all excited…
We stayed with an old family friend right near Cairns central. Lovely pad with a view out to the east from his high back deck. There were people everywhere, from all over the world, gathered to share this astronomical phenomenon.
The morning of the eclipse arrived and we awoke early to drink coffee and to see the sun covered by rain clouds…
Eclipse behind clouds, Cairns 12th Nov 2012 Pic by Danny Widdicombe
But Wait! The clouds shifted and we finally had a fleeting glimpse of the eclipse in process.
Total Solar Eclipse – Cairns 12th Nov 2012 Pic by Danny Widdicombe
Such an awe inspiring sight. The only noise around us now was the birds – all the human activity that had been going on previously had stopped. Soon there was to be total silence. I took this picture of a plane flying past the event
Total Solar Eclipse Cairns 12th Nov 2012 Pic by Danny Widdicombe
Plane above Cairns Danny Widdicombe
The moment of totality was fast approaching but alas… The clouds had drifted back over our view…
Cloudy Eclipse Cairns 12th Nov 2012 Danny Widdicombe
The moment of totality only lasted a couple of minutes – the whole town had come to a standstill. The birds, once chattering away were silenced, nobody spoke and the stars stated appearing in the sky as darkness took over.
Totality covered Danny Widdicombe
It was beautiful. I am definitely going to The Faroe Islands in 2015 to experience this again.
Misty Eclipse Danny Widdicombe