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From day to night across 62 seconds

The process of the moon moving across the face of the sun takes three hours, but the brief moment of totality when the sun is completely obscured by the moon will only last a total of 62 seconds.

From day to night across 62 seconds

The process of the moon moving across the face of the sun takes three hours, but the brief moment of totality when the sun is completely obscured by the moon will only last a total of 62 seconds.

What to expect in Ningaloo

Observers at the Ningaloo Eclipse can expect to see the sun’s bright disc slowly being covered by the silhouette of the moon to produce a diminishing solar crescent. Just as the last of the sun disappears behind the moon, an interesting optical phenomenon known as Baily’s Beads or the Diamond Ring Effect will occur, where the final rays of sunlight pass between the rugged Lunar topography.

What is an eclipse?

NASA defines an eclipse as when one heavenly body such as a moon or planet moves into the shadow of another heavenly body.

There are four types of solar eclipse (Total, Annular, Partial and Hybrid). The Hybrid Solar Eclipse is the rarest, and occurs when the distance between the earth and moon is so delicately balanced that the curvature of the earth comes into play.

The April 2023 event is described as a Hybrid Solar Eclipse. However, due to its location, Exmouth will experience a Total Solar Eclipse as the sun, moon and earth align in unison.

A Total Solar Eclipse occurs somewhere on Earth about every 18 months, usually somewhere out to sea. The Ningaloo Eclipse will be accessible by land – a remarkably rare opportunity for visitors! The 2023 Total Solar Eclipse is taking place in a UNESCO World Heritage-listed region, which makes the backdrop even more special.

Hear from WA’s Chief Scientist Professor Peter Klinken and others and discover the great ways you can experience the Ningaloo Eclipse and night sky.

Make your journey all the more memorable with tips on travelling for your Ningaloo Eclipse adventure.

Last Reviewed: 2022-04-21