Sydney will be treated to not one, but two eclipses this month.
The first will be a full lunar eclipse on Tuesday April 15, starting around 5:30pm and lasting for two hours. The moon will appear in the Earth’s shadow after sunset with a slight red tinge that will deepen during the course of the eclipse.
The last total lunar eclipse visible in New South Wales was in early December 2011. The next will occur on October 8 and has been tipped to be the best for this year.
On the afternoon of Tuesday April 29, a partial solar eclipse will be visible in cities across Australia and can be seen from Sydney between around 4:14pm to 5:17pm.
The Sydney Observatory is holding a viewing event for the occasion, offering customers a safe experience through the use of special eclipse glasses or a filtered telescope. For more information, please visit their website.
As with all solar eclipses, there is a high risk of damaging your eyes if you look directly at the sun. It is strongly recommended that you do not attempt to view the event directly without the use of solar viewing glasses or a solar filter attached to the front of your telescope. Sunglasses will not provide the appropriate amount of protection needed. Indirect viewing through a pinhole camera is regarded as the easiest way to watch an eclipse. For more information and directions on making your own camera, please see the ABC’s guide on eye protection during an eclipse.
The next total solar eclipse visible in New South Wales is not due until July 22 2028, where the path is due to pass directly over Sydney’s CBD for three minutes. – Naomi Winner
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