Saturday, 2 August 2008

Solar Eclipse

Once again from the BBC, the Northern Hemisphere saw a total solar eclipse, or at least if you were in the right spots of Russia and China, and maybe Canada.

I've seen a total solar eclipse, and it is breathtaking.

I saw it back in 2004 when one crossed over South Australia. People were flocking to Ceduna, which was one of the few towns along the line where the eclipse looked its best.

However, my family and a few friends didn't go to Ceduna, which would have been packed.

We were up north. Just outside of Woomera, in the Restricted Area. One of our friends knew the owner of Wirraminna Station so we could enter the Restricted Area without any problems.

On a side note, if you have ever been to the Outback, you will know that it is a very beautiful, but deadly, place (and in our case, packed with flies, stupid annoying flies.)

We arrived a few days before the eclipse and saw some of the things that you could see and also set up our tents.

The day of the eclipse the small section of the Stuart Highway that was set up for people to view the eclipse was packed with people (we drove up to see).

We however saw the eclipse in our campsite, a secluded, wooded place in the middle of the desert. The red sands covering the ground. The small, stunted trees around us. There was nothing for miles.

The moon started it's transit over the sun, and when it reached totality everything was quiet. You could hear a pin drop. The Outback was covered in an odd blue hue (I remember clearly, that it was not black) and for such a short amount of time everything that mattered on Earth was meaningless.

As the moon moved away from the sun it was like a strange dawn over the desert.

And we all went back on with our lives.

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