Australia in prime position to see five solar eclipses

Astronomical Society of Australia

At 11.29 am AWST on Thursday 20 April 2023 the sun will disappear over Ningaloo. It will reappear a minute later. This total eclipse is exceedingly rare; any single location on Earth is only likely to see a total eclipse once every few hundred years.

The rest of Australia will experience a partial eclipse, and a chance to prepare for the big one, a total eclipse over Sydney in 2028.

“Solar eclipses are spectacular,” says President of the Astronomical Society of Australia (ASA) Professor John Lattanzio. “So, Australia really is the lucky country with five total eclipses visible in various parts of the country over the next 15 years.”

Dr Hessom Razavi of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO), and the Lions Eye Institute, warns people to, “Never look directly at the Sun. It can cause serious and permanent eye damage, and that’s true even during a solar eclipse. Children’s eyes are especially vulnerable to damage”.

According to the ASA, the best ways to observe an eclipse are through:

  • special-purpose ‘eclipse glasses’ or hand-held solar viewers with solar filters that meet the international standard
  • using pinhole projection through a large card with a two-millimetre hole in the centre to project an image of the Sun onto another surface held about a metre away.

RANZCO advises that using solar eclipse glasses still carries some risks, so people must make sure their glasses meet the ISO 12312 2 standard and that they read and follow all safety advice and precautions, ensuring that there are no scratches or other damage. According to RANZCO, the only way to guarantee the prevention of solar retinopathy is to avoid all forms of direct sun viewing.

The ASA has created a comprehensive website at including sections on:

RANZCO has prepared advice for the public which can be found at

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