Museum viewers focus on eclipse

ABOUT 50 Launceston residents watched as a small percentage of the moon shadowed the sun yesterday morning.

It might  not have been as spectacular as   what  far North Queensland witnessed, but the   Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery at Inveresk held a safe viewing session for people to witness a more common partial eclipse.

Planetarium technical officer Chris Arkless said that unlike the full solar eclipse seen in Queensland, Tasmanians only experienced 37 per cent of  the moon covering the sun's diameter.

The partial eclipse could be viewed in Launceston between 7.23am and 9.06am.

In Queensland and the Northern Territory, residents saw the moon completely cover  the sun for two minutes.

Partial eclipses in Tasmania are seen every few years, but the next total solar eclipse  is not expected to been seen on the Apple Isle until June 2131.

There will be a minor lunar eclipse on April 26 next year.

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