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Total Solar Eclipse and November star chart

By David Reneke

Your guide to the solar eclipse on 14 November, and your map of the night sky this month

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A total eclipse of the Sun is arguably nature's most spectacular and awe-inspiring phenomenon. Australia will play host to such an event next week and all eyes will be on the horizon overlooking the Coral Sea in Tropical North Queensland as the total solar eclipse casts an incredible shadow across the region on November 14.

Port Douglas and Cairns will be the best places in the world to witness this natural phenomenon and well known Australian astronomer Dave Reneke, writer and publicist for Australasian Science magazine, will be on hand to record it all.

David has been personally invited by Cairns Council and Port Douglas Chamber of Commerce to travel north explaining the eclipse to visitors from all around the world during eclipse week and to visit local schools demonstrating safe solar viewing.

“I’ll be holding astronomy lectures each day, viewing the sky at night through telescopes, safe solar viewing lectures and demo’s in and around town, plus working as guest expert on ABC and commercial radio there,” Dave said. “It’s great way for my team and I to view this amazing sight. Very few natural events invoke the sort of feelings an eclipse does. You never want it to stop,” Dave said.

The eclipse starts at dawn in the very north of Australia, passing over Cairns then narrowly missing Norfolk Island. The eclipse track then crosses the Pacific...

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