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The next solar eclipses in Australia and New Zealand

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 14 March 2018 | Views [165]

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Solar eclipses are the one of nature’s greatest, strangest, and most breathtaking marvels. The sensation of watching the moon glide smoothly over the sun, plunging you in to pitch darkness, possibly in the height of the afternoon, is one that fills you with so many mixed emotions, the most notable of which is that of awe. It truly is one of the most inspiring and incredible phenomenon that the Universe has to throw at us.

Bearing all of that in mind, it’s no surprise that there many people who jet around the world, chasing eclipses, planning their trips years in advance, to experience this stunning sight as many times in their lifetime as they can. And of all the places to travel to experience this natural miracle, where better than Australia and New Zealand?

These are stunning countries, with rich histories and culture, wonderful, friendly people, and an exciting, and astonishing landscape, enriched by glorious natural wonders, and sparkling cities. These are the perfect countries for a holiday, and an even better setting in which to experience one of nature’s greatest shows. So here’s a short list of the next solar eclipses coming to Australia or New Zealand, or both!


The next solar eclipse to bless these two countries will come in 2028. On the 22nd of July, ten years from now, Australia and New Zealand will lie directly below the path of a solar eclipse. The eclipse will last just over 5 minutes, and will only occur over South Oceania, but, specifically, over these countries.

There is, however, one teeny little problem: which is that this eclipse isn’t due to occur until 2:56 in the morning, local time, on the 22nd of July. In case you haven’t already worked out the problem: it will be the middle of the night, and thus the Sun won’t be visible, making it a pretty difficult eclipse to witness. However, you might get better luck two years later in...


Only two years after the previous, disappointing one, there will be another chance for those in Australia (sorry, Kiwis), to see an eclipse, in 2030. On the 25th of November of that year, Australia will get the chance to join South Africa and Botswana in witnessing a solar eclipse, lasting almost 4 minutes.

Occurring at 6:51am, you’ll need to get up pretty early to witness this one, however it will be visible. In the Southern Hemisphere, November is the start of Summer, and, thus, the sun will be up in Australia from 5.39am. Whilst this means a pretty early start, it will be worth it to witness this unforgettable sight.


Through the wonders of science, we can project every solar eclipse up to, and including, 2075, meaning that we can see that in 2037, Australia and New Zealand will both receive another eclipse, on the 13th of July, last about 3 minutes. Again, the problem for this is that it’s forecast to occur in the middle of the night, at nearly 3am, and in July, at the height of the Southern summer. This eclipse, like the one 9 years earlier, are both going to be nigh-on-impossible to witness, which is a shame. However, if you can get to Australia, for the 2030 eclipse, seven years earlier, that will be your best bet of seeing a stunning eclipse, and enjoying the wonders of the land down under, in the next 20 years.

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