Western Australia will be one of the best places in the world to view next year’s rare solar eclipse.
The eclipse on April 20, 2023, will happen as the moon passes between the earth and the sun, totally blocking its light – but only if you are in the right place.
Dubbed the Ningaloo Eclipse, the phenomenon is expected to attract more than 20,000 domestic and international visitors to Exmouth in WA’s north.
The resort town, with a population of about 2000, is one of the most accessible land-based destinations in the world that will experience the full darkness of the eclipse, the WA government says.
It will also be visible from other places in Australia, but only partially.
“This includes Perth, which will witness a 70 per cent eclipse, Coral Bay will experience a 99 per cent partial eclipse while Geraldton will see just over 80 per cent,” the government says.
Solar eclipses happen at least twice a year, according to the Sydney Observatory, but events where the moon completely covers the sun are rare.
Exmouth is expected to experience full darkness for just over a minute, at 11.27am on Thursday, April 20.
The WA Labor government is preparing to help Exmouth cash in on the tourism surge expected to be generated by the phenomenon and will promote the state as a destination for stargazers.