GENERAL MAP OF THE ANNULAR SOLAR ECLIPSE
This solar eclipse will be the ELEVENTH ANNULAR ECLIPSE OF THE 21st century and the first SOLAR ECLIPSE of the year 2014.
This SOLAR ECLIPSE is classed as a "NON-CENTRAL ANNULAR ECLIPSE", meaning that the axis of the umbral and penumbral cones misses the earth's surface.
There is therefore no central line, but only the northern limit of the central band of the eclipse.
This type of eclipse is extremely rare; this eclipse is the twenty-eighth since the beginning of our era.
The last one occurred on 29 & 30 April 1957 and the next one will take place on 3 October 2043.
The ANNULAR ECLIPSE of 29 April 2014 will be visible on the continent of AUSTRALIAand from ANTARCTICA.
It will be visible on the horizon, in the form of an "ANNULAR ECLIPSE" over a very small part of the continent of ANTARCTICA, between Wilkes Land and Victoria Land.
This ANNULAR ECLIPSE OF THE SUN will be visible as a partial eclipse in the southern part of the INDIAN OCEAN and across the whole of AUSTRALIA.
Because of the rarity of the sight of an Annular Solar Eclipse, such eclipses are very exciting to observe. But that makes it all the more important to protect the EYES, because there is no safe phase during an Annular Solar Eclipse. (See chapter PROTECT YOUR EYES)
ANIMATION OF THE ANNULAR SOLAR ECLIPSE
OF APRIL 29th, 2014