A solar eclipse is scheduled for Friday the 13th, but most skywatchers will be out of luck without doing a bit of traveling.
Truth be told, not many people will see this partial eclipse, thanks to its location: The moon’s shadow will mostly fall over the open ocean waters that lie between Australia and Antarctica — the region where the Indian and Pacific oceans merge. The people who will get a chance to see the moon take a small nibble out of the sun include those living in Australia, in a portion of the territories of South Australia and Victoria as well as those living on the island of Tasmania; watchers in New Zealand, on the southern tip of South Island as well as on Stewart Island; and observers located on a slice of East Antarctica. Hobart, Tasmania, will see about 10 percent of the sun’s diameter eclipsed, while Melbourne, Australia, will see barely a nick in the sun’s disk, amounting to just 2.5 percent eclipsed! (Note that the eclipse occurs Thursday, July 12 EDT, but Friday local time and GMT.)
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