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Partial solar eclipse over Australia this Saturday



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M E D I A R E L E A S E

21 August 1998 294/98

PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE OVER AUSTRALIA THIS SATURDAY

Australians will be able to see a partial (annular) eclipse of the sun around noon this Saturday, 22 August.

According to staff at the Australian Surveying and Land Information Group (AUSLIG), the eclipse will last a total of two and a half hours, starting at approximately 11:45am (AEST), finishing at around 2:15pm (AEST).

Viewed from south east Australia, only about 25 percent of the sun will be eclipsed. The best view will be in Malaysia, where there will be an almost total eclipse.

This is the second and last eclipse of the year, with the next solar eclipse visible over Australia due on 16 February 1999.

People are reminded not to look directly at the sun. The best way to see the eclipse is on television or using an old fashioned pinhole camera.

Following numerous calls over the past few days, AUSLIG has set up a special web site for eclipse watchers. This includes diagrams showing the path of the eclipse.

The site includes links to authoritative sites such as The Royal Greenwich Observatory and the United States Naval Observatory - producers of The Astronomical Almanac, and NASA, which give more information. To access the site, open the “NEW” button on AUSLlG’s home page:

www.auslig.gov.au

AUSLIG - the Australian Surveying and Land Information Group - is a business unit of the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Science and Tourism. Its geodetic program provides astronomic data via the web for locations in Australia.

For more information contact AUSLIG on FREECALL1800 800173 or email: astro@auslig.gov.au

MEDIA CONTACT

Louise Elliott, AUSLIG Corporate Marketing, phone (02) 6201 4332.