When dawn breaks across Cairns and Great Barrier Reef on 14 November 2012, the early chatter of birds and animals will be replaced by an eerie silence. The temperature will drop as the moon overtakes the sun and casts a shadow so large the land will be plunged into darkness.
Eclipse 2012 is attracting world-wide attention from visitors planning holidays around the event which is best viewed from the Cairns region. The total solar eclipse will be seen along a strip of land about 200km wide which crosses the top of eastern Australia and the Coral Sea.
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It is rare for a total eclipse to be visible from land, so the excitement is building for those who want to share in this extraordinary phenomenon. Three charter flights from Japan are bringing eclipse-watchers, and several cruise ships are scheduled to be in the Cairns & Great Barrier Reef region in time for passengers to see the eclipse. Accommodation inquiries are flooding in and special events have been planned to celebrate Eclipse 2012.
As the moon moves between the earth and the sun it will look like a small bite which gradually increases in size. Watch for Baily’s Beads where the sun shines through the rugged surface of the moon creating points of light on the edge of the moon’s disc. These can only be seen for a few seconds before and after total darkness. When only one point of light is left, it is called the Diamond Ring effect as the single bead of light looks like a shiny ring with an enormous sparkling diamond.
As the moon moves away from the sun, Baily’s Beads may be seen again before the sun fully emerges.
Toby’s Retreat at Holloways Beach is a gay owned Bed & Breakfast and is a perfect location for observing this once in a lifetime event.
We are hosting a breakfast on the beach for gay couples and you can book your accommodation with us at http://www.tobysretreat.com.au/.