Total Solar Eclipse

December 4, 2002


On Wednesday, December 4, 2002, a total eclipse of the Sun was visible from within a narrow corridor which traversed the Southern Hemisphere. The path of the Moon's umbral shadow began in the South Atlantic and crossed southern Africa. After traversing the southern Indian Ocean, the path swept through southern Australia  where the eclipse ended just before sunset. The duration of totality at our location on Ideyaka Hill was 27 seconds.      


See a cool animation of the eclipse here

Everything you ever wanted to know about eclipses is on Fred Espenak's site