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Total Solar Eclipse Bedazzles Northern Australians

Soulskill posted about 2 years ago | from the kangaroos-unimpressed dept.

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Penurious Penguin writes "Tuesday at 6:38AM (2038 GMT Tuesday) thousands of Australians witnessed a solar eclipse in northern Queensland, where it was the first total eclipse in over 1000 years for the specific region. The most prominent view occurred in Cairns, while elsewhere in locations such as New Zealand, parts of Indonesia and Australia, partial eclipses were visible. Totality lasted approximately two minutes — video and photos can be seen at Universe Today. Scientists are also taking the opportunity to study both land and aquatic wildlife in affected areas."

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Bedazzled. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41977763)

I'd be bedazzled too, if I hadn't seen something for over 1000 years, not because of the view but because of my ripe old age.

Re:Bedazzled. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41978007)

So, then, you're not old if you have seen something for over 1,000 years?

Clouds (3, Informative)

thegarbz (1787294) | about 2 years ago | (#41977827)

60000 visitors to a city with a population of only 150000. There was quite a bit of chaos at the beaches.

Quite the spectacular event except that the wet tropics just entered their summer wet season and this week was the first rain in 6 months. Sadly many of the people actually missed the total eclipse due to cloud cover. However the partial phases should have been seen by all.

Re:Clouds (4, Funny)

jhoegl (638955) | about 2 years ago | (#41977883)

It is more amazing that someone made a bedazzler that large to bedazzle the moon.

What color did they use to bedazzle it?

Re:Clouds (1)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about 2 years ago | (#41978355)

Stop saying bedazzle!

Re:Clouds (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41979123)

I hope they do a unicorn next!

Re:Clouds (1)

Chris Burke (6130) | about 2 years ago | (#41980997)

It was the Northern Australians who were bedazzled. By the eclipse.

This raises many questions. I knew solar eclipses caused superpowers, but also spontaneous human bedazzlings?!

Re:Clouds (1)

sjames (1099) | about 2 years ago | (#41981763)

That sounds like it could be painful. I hope they were drinking at the time!

Northern Australians (1)

Martin S. (98249) | about 2 years ago | (#41982367)

I assume you mean expats :)

Re:Clouds (1)

FrostedWheat (172733) | about 2 years ago | (#41978145)

I was one of those people on the beach. Stupid cloud :)

Re:Clouds (1)

dwywit (1109409) | about 2 years ago | (#41985991)

Heh - I live on the Sunshine Coast - it was partially cloudy but clear around the sun for long enough to project the partial eclipse through binoculars onto a sheet of paper. My kids were impressed with that, and with the strange light - kind of like early evening, but without the long shadows.

All I have to say is ... (1)

DavidClarkeHR (2769805) | about 2 years ago | (#41977833)

All I have to say is ... that's FABULOUS! I love things that are bedazzled.

uh, the 90's called? They want their stuff back. Including your terrible richard simmons impression, for some reason.

Re:All I have to say is ... (1)

Penurious Penguin (2687307) | about 2 years ago | (#41977885)

Just so you know, I'm a huge fan of Simmons and was wearing leg-warmers while I wrote that summary. When I first started submitting stories to Slashdot, I was over 1000lbs. Then I found Richard, an industrial sized box of Ritalin, and whole bunch of 8-Tracks.

Re:All I have to say is ... (1)

DavidClarkeHR (2769805) | about 2 years ago | (#41978129)

Just so you know, I'm a huge fan of Simmons and was wearing leg-warmers while I wrote that summary. When I first started submitting stories to Slashdot, I was over 1000lbs. Then I found Richard, an industrial sized box of Ritalin, and whole bunch of 8-Tracks.

I started reading your post, then I continued.

Don't keep me in suspense! I need to know what happened to those 8-tracks you put on ritalin!

Re:All I have to say is ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41978239)

Yeah, it's the 2010's now. Bedazzling is out, vajazzling is in. Good times these are.

Bedazzles?!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41977837)

But.. total solar eclipse... how can one... ARGH.

*mindblown*

Re:Bedazzles?!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41977895)

bedazzle
(b-dzl)
tr.v. bedazzled, bedazzling, bedazzles
1. To dazzle so completely as to make blind.
2. To please irresistibly; enchant.

I was there (2)

Twigmon (1095941) | about 2 years ago | (#41977839)

I was there, it was amazing. Took a few photos: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151237864341768.486780.661406767 [facebook.com]

Re:I was there (1)

Penurious Penguin (2687307) | about 2 years ago | (#41977915)

Tried to view them, but get "This content is currently unavailable". Must one have Faceclamp to access them?

Re:I was there (1)

Twigmon (1095941) | about 2 years ago | (#41978071)

What a pain, typical. I have the privacy settings for the album wide open, I assume Facebook is screwing its users over again.

Me Too. (1)

robbak (775424) | about 2 years ago | (#41977955)

Traveled to 12km west of Mt Carbine. No cloud problems - a very small, light cloud moved across the face of the during totality, just to made things interesting. Not many pictures, as I was more interested in seeing it.

You've got to see it.

Re:Me Too. (1)

Twigmon (1095941) | about 2 years ago | (#41978065)

That's the same general location that I visited! It was perfect.

Re:Me Too. (2)

dackroyd (468778) | about 2 years ago | (#41979985)

I was probably about 4km east of you then. Cloud passed the sun with about 4 minutes to spare before totality.

Didn't get as many pics as I'd like as I was standing there in amazement trying to see if I could get my brain to believe what it was seeing.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/danack/8184416042/in/photostream [flickr.com]
http://www.flickr.com/photos/danack/8184416212/in/photostream [flickr.com]
http://www.flickr.com/photos/danack/8184416534/in/photostream [flickr.com]
http://www.flickr.com/photos/danack/8184417362/in/photostream [flickr.com]

Re:I was there (1)

swamp_ig (466489) | about 2 years ago | (#41978027)

I was there too. I tried to see the eclipse back In 1999 (or was it 2000?) in southern England. It was cloudy the whole time except for a short glimpse of partial.

This mornings display was amazing. The clods cleared about 5 mins prior to totality and stayed away. defiantly worth the effort to see if only once!

Solar eclipsed viewed. Gain XP 50000. Advance one geek level. Gain power of hidden sun!!!

Re:I was there (2)

commlinx (1068272) | about 2 years ago | (#41978535)

Nice shots, I'm down the south of the country near Hobart and it was heavily clouded and under 50% coverage but got one half-decent pic

Eclipse [tinypic.com]

Total Solar Eclipse Bedazzles Northern Australians (2)

Artea (2527062) | about 2 years ago | (#41977845)

All three of them

Re:Total Solar Eclipse Bedazzles Northern Australi (5, Funny)

Farmer Tim (530755) | about 2 years ago | (#41977919)

There are more than three. In fact, the Bureau of Meteorology's phone lines were jammed for almost two minutes with calls from Far North Queensland (or Effin' Q as it's usually called) complaining that the sun had gone out early and blaming the southern states for confusing it with their newfangled daylight savings time. The calls stopped when it came back, of course, but they vowed to remember this at the next federal election...

Re:Total Solar Eclipse Bedazzles Northern Australi (1)

Bill Currie (487) | about 2 years ago | (#41977975)

Considering the stories I heard from my dad about the drapes fading (back in '89, I think it was), that story is far too plausible to dismiss.

There were, if I remember correctly, also worries about a population explosion due to daylight savings. The stories I hear about Queenslanders just baffle me (can anyone really be that dumb?), and I lived there for about 11 years (during which time, I heard most of the stories).

Re:Total Solar Eclipse Bedazzles Northern Australi (1)

dbIII (701233) | about 2 years ago | (#41978259)

Considering the stories I heard from my dad about the drapes fading

That one was a semi-joke by a politician who had the tactic of going on with gibberish for three minutes at a time so that TV news crews would have to stop and change film, which made him impossible to pin down in an interview until the days of videotape. He wasn't dumb, he said dumb things but he was an evil manipulative bastard that even set up his own fake Church group (the Logos foundation) just so that he could pretend he had God on his side after he's called the local Catholic and Anglican Bishops communists.
I voted for it but I'd vote against daylight savings now - too much hassle to change the time on too many computers :) Even if you automate it something is bound to not work somewhere since even leap years fuck some things up (Zune, Azure etc).

Re:Total Solar Eclipse Bedazzles Northern Australi (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41978459)

Politicians -- lol -- apparently they're the same everywhere. I feel a little better now knowing these types aren't peculiar to the U.S.; however, we seem to have more than our fair share.

Re:Total Solar Eclipse Bedazzles Northern Australi (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41978417)

Considering the stories I heard from my dad about the drapes fading (back in '89, I think it was), that story is far too plausible to dismiss.

The drapes fading due to daylight savings is certainly a plausible effect which can be understood intuitively.

People coming home from work often close their drapes to help keep the heat out. During daylight savings, they would be coming home with an additional hour of sunlight than in non-DST times. Thus, daylight savings has the effect of increasing the amount of sunlight to which the drapes are exposed by by an average of one hour per day of daylight savings observed. Over many years, this very well could cause drapes to fade more quickly.

While this argument is a long way from proof of the effect, it is most certainly plausible. Perhaps those old timers weren't as stupid as you thought.

Re:Total Solar Eclipse Bedazzles Northern Australi (1)

Chris Burke (6130) | about 2 years ago | (#41980959)

Why wouldn't you leave the drapes closed while you are at work? I'm more likely to open the drapes when I get home, because I want to be able to see out, while obviously when I'm gone that doesn't matter and keeping the house cool(-er) is more important. If I left the drapes open all day, closing them for the last couple hours of daylight to try to keep the heat out is a perfect example of closing the barn door after the horses have escaped.

Re:Total Solar Eclipse Bedazzles Northern Australi (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41978213)

that's pretty hilarious sir.

Re:Total Solar Eclipse Bedazzles Northern Australi (1)

mjwx (966435) | about 2 years ago | (#41977931)

All three of them

This.

The area in question is Northern Queensland, no-one, not even the Queenslanders consider them to be fully human, let alone Australian.

Scientists theorise that most of them swam across from New Zealand.

Re:Total Solar Eclipse Bedazzles Northern Australi (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41978029)

After reading your comment, I decided to check it out. Damn. No kidding. The population of Australia is about half that of Canada; or California, the American State with the highest population. Texas comes in as second at 24 million (unless they secede, then it'll be New York at 19 million).

Are they doing alright? Since they're down under, I'd hate to think this is from having a hard time trying to hang on to the bottom of the planet.

Re:Total Solar Eclipse Bedazzles Northern Australi (2)

WillKemp (1338605) | about 2 years ago | (#41978119)

Far north Queensland is quite densely populated compared with the Northern Territory (Queensland's western neighbour). The NT is more than twice the size of France and has a population of about 200,000.

[NEIL PEART DRUM SOLO !!] (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41978075)

Every now and then
I get a little bit lonely
And you're never coming round

Every now and then
I get a little bit tired
Of listening to the sound of my tears

Every now and then
I get a little bit nervous
That the best of all the years have gone by

Every now and then I get a little bit terrified
And then I see the look in your eyes
Every now and then I fall apart
Every now and then
I fall apart

Every now and then
I get a little bit restless
And I dream of something wild
Every now and then
I get a little bit helpless
And I'm lying like a child in your arms
Every now and then
I get a little bit angry
And I know I've got to get out and cry
Every now and then
I get a little bit terrified
But then I see the look in your eyes
Every now and then
I fall apart
Every now and then
I fall apart

[Neil Peart drum solo takes the place of those loafs of lyrics]

And I need you now tonight
And I need you more than ever
And if you only hold me tight
We'll be holding on forever
And we'll only be making it right
'Cause we'll never be wrong
Together we can take it to the end of the line
Your love is like a shadow on me all of the time
(All of the time)
I don't know what to do
I'm always in the dark
Living in a powder keg and giving off sparks
I really need you tonight
Forever's gonna start tonight
(Forever's gonna start tonight)

Once upon a time I was
I was falling in love
But now I'm only falling apart
There's nothing I can do
A total eclipse of the heart

Once upon a time there was light in my life
But now there's only love in the dark
Nothing I can say
A total eclipse of the heart

[Neil Peart drum solo after Geddy tries to hit the highs and just gives up !!]

Thanks for the heads up /. (1)

Dr Max (1696200) | about 2 years ago | (#41978203)

Now i have to wait another 1000 years.

Re:Thanks for the heads up /. (1)

hcs_$reboot (1536101) | about 2 years ago | (#41978419)

Don't worry you will see a much longer solar eclipse when global warming strong effects start to come on stage.

Better pictures (4, Interesting)

phantomfive (622387) | about 2 years ago | (#41978243)

I like these pictures [wsj.com] better than the ones in the article. They do a better job showing how dark it gets outside.

Wednesday, not Tuesday (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41978701)

Someone forgot about the international date line. It may have been Tuesday GMT, but it was Wednesday local.

Not everyone took precautions.. (4, Interesting)

ausrob (864993) | about 2 years ago | (#41979927)

5% failure rate? Can we get this right for once? (1)

An dochasac (591582) | about 2 years ago | (#41981133)

After a 38 year gap, parts of the continental US finally experience a total eclipse in 2017. Americans have 5 years to get this right. 5 years to prove we've learned something about eye safety since 1979. Is it so difficult?
  • - Always use eye protection which was designed and certified to be safe for viewing the sun. Do not use sunglasses, floppy disks, Kodachrome film, CDRoms, DVDs, or Pop Tart foil. If you can't afford the $5-15 eclipse shades, go inside and watch it on cable TV. (keep in mind that your cable bill will amount to over $400,000 between now and the next time a total solar eclipse comes to your neighborhood.*)
  • - From the article "Even those who wore solar eclipse glasses and stared too closely at the intense rays are at risk." I'm not sure what this statement was based on, but do not look through an unfiltered telescope, binoculars or any other optical device while using eclipse shades which were designed for naked eye viewing.
  • - If you do look through a filtered telescope, make sure the filter was designed for the telescope and designed for solar viewing and is mounted firmly onto the objective (front) of the telescope.
  • - If you are in the narrow path of the total eclipse (if you're not sure, you're probably not), you have a precious few seconds to take off your eclipse shades during totality. But then put them on immediately when the diamond ring appears (if you'r not sure, put it on)

* If you live in Carbondale Illinois, you don't have to wait 300 years for your next Total Solar eclipse. Save your eclipse glasses and reuse them in 2021.

Bedazzled? (2)

ddd0004 (1984672) | about 2 years ago | (#41980809)

"Hey, look a solar eclipse! Wait, why is my jean jacket now covered in rhinestones?"

Total Solar Eclipses... (1)

Bartles (1198017) | about 2 years ago | (#41980821)

If you've seen one, you've seen 'em all!

Maybe they should stop... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41982297)

Staring at the sun, those silly australians.

Wednesday at 6:38am, not Tuesday. (1)

KenAndCorey (581410) | about 2 years ago | (#41984445)

Tuesday at 6:38AM (2038 GMT Tuesday) thousands of Australians...

That would be Wednesday at 6:38am in Australia, if it was at 2038 GMT on Tuesday.

Re:Wednesday at 6:38am, not Tuesday. (1)

Penurious Penguin (2687307) | about 2 years ago | (#41985869)

Please pardon; I actually did try to verify that, but ending up just going along with the article. Thanks for the correction.
~ P.P.

Saw from hot air balloon (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41989469)

I'm one of only a few hundred in the world that has seen a solar eclipse from a hot air balloon.

Photos here:
http://www.hotair.com.au/blog/cairns/2012/11/07/cairns-solar-eclipse-images-video-from-a-hot-air-balloon/

My balloon was one of the yellow kangaroo sign ones, I'm pretty sure it's the lit-up one in the 10th photo there.

Mexico, 1992 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42001083)

I was in Mexico in 1992 to view the solar eclipse outside of Cuernavaca - the longest occlusion in a very long time - almost 11 minutes if memory (always faulty) serves. I got some awesome photos including the "diamond ring" with prominences, taken with an Asahi Pentax and 400mm telephoto lense w/ 2x doubler (800mm effectively) - compliments of my, at that time, recently deceased father, who was an astro-physicist and solar corona expert. Something poetic there, I think! :-) I just wish we could have seen that event together! :-(

Re:Mexico, 1992 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42001135)

Of course, my photos cannot compare to those he took at the solar observatory on Haleakala on Maui, Hawaii a couple of years before he passed away! They have a place of honor on my wall, for sure!
 

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