A total solar eclipse is the king of eclipses, and Western Australia’s Exmouth Peninsula, in Australia's Coral Coast, will play host to a ‘hybrid’ solar eclipse on April 20, 2023.
Eclipse chasers are set to travel from around the world to be in Exmouth on April 20, 2023, to see a total solar eclipse, in a small spot on the Exmouth cape, being one of few accessible vantage points globally.
At about 11:27am the sun, moon and the earth's discs will all align for this significant 1 minute, 16 second event. Known as the annular solar eclipse, the best viewing point will be between the Exmouth townsite and Learmonth Airport in Australia’s Coral Coast, a region of Western Australia.
The North West Cape in Exmouth, will also be the only region on mainland Australia to sit on the path of the April 20, 2023 hybrid solar eclipse, and one of only four locations worldwide.
In four years’ time, this remote and spectacular part of the globe will be on the world-scene as 50,000 visitors descend on the town, normally boasting a population of 2,700, chasing a short glimpse of this rare hybrid solar eclipse. The last event was in the United States in 2017 in the town of Madras, Oregon.
The hybrid eclipse, of which the next one will be in 2031, is also expected to benefit the Western Australian economy.
Carol Redford, who founded Astrotourism WA in 2018 and is the organiser of Stargazers Club WA, said while every year there were eclipses where the moon partially or totally covered the sun, the one in 2023 is a hybrid.
"When the moon is just at the right distance that it only just covers the disc of the sun, what happens is the light that is coming from the sun still comes through all the mountains and craters on the side of the moon," she said
There has not been a hybrid eclipse visible in Australia for more than a 1,000 years.
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