Cairns, Australia, is all pumped up for its first total solar eclipse in more than 1,300 years, and its people are eager to share this singular event with the world.
To do so, NASA is live-streaming the event on the web, starting at 2 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The sun is just rising in Palm Cove, Australia, as viewers look over the water. Soon the moon will overtake the golden disk, covering it fully for a fleeting few minutes. Clouds dot the horizon, as the viewers and the camera gazes east.
“The central eclipse path begins in Australia’s Garig Gunak Barlu National Park in the Northern Territory about 250 kilometers east of Darwin at 20:35 UT [Universal Time],” according to NASA. “Traveling southeast, the umbral shadow quickly crosses the Gulf of Carpentaria and reaches the Cape York Peninsula at 20:37 UT.”
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