Annular Solar Eclipses in Australia during the 21st century
During an annular solar eclipse the Moon's shadow doesn't reach the Earth's surface because the Moon happens to be too far away from Earth at the time. So in the path of an annular eclipse, you will see the Moon blocking most of the Sun's disc but leaving a ring of sunlight still visible. Outside of the eclipse path you will only see a partial solar eclipse.
You will need eye protection at all times when viewing an annular solar eclipse. Your camera will also need protection at all times.
Australia sees seven annular solar eclipses between 2001 and 2100 (local dates):
- 10 May 2013, crossed the towns of Capricorn and Newman (WA), Tennant Creek (NT), and Coen (QLD).
- 10 March 2035, just misses the southern tip of Tasmania. Also crosses New Zealand.
- 14 October 2042, just misses Darwin and Katherine (NT) and Sydney (NSW). But crosses Tennant Creek (NT). And Birdsville and Bedourie (QLD). And Innamincka (SA). And Tibooburra and Cobar and Parkes and Orange and Bathurst and West Wyalong and Gundagai and Bega and Wollongong (NSW). And Canberra. And New Zealand.
- 23 September 2052, passes north of Darwin and over Cape York peninsula.
- 11 April 2089, crosses Ouyen and Swan Hill (VIC). And Narrandera and Temora and Sydney (NSW) and Norfolk Island. Just misses Lord Howe Island.
- 14 November 2096, crosses the Torres Strait islands and Cooktown (QLD) and the Great Barrier Reef. Also crosses Auckland in New Zealand.
- 11 March 2100, begins in the eastern Torres Strait islands.