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Eclipse Chasers Book Launch

March 23, 2023 @ 18:00 - 19:00

Discover the drama and beauty of total solar eclipses, the science and their fascinating history.


  • 6.00pm Judith Bailey, Observatory Manager Introduction to Eclipse Chasers, 5 mins
  • Graeme Hood, Past President of BAS, memories of 1976 eclipse, 10 mins
  • ABC TV Original Archived footage of the Ballarat 1976 event, 5mins
  • Dr Toner Stevenson,  women at the 1922 Einstein eclipse, 15 mins on Zoom
  • Dr Nick Lomb, the 1871 Australian eclipse expedition, 15 mins on Zoom



Viewing if clear

Witnessing a total solar eclipse is a wondrous and unforgettable event!

Eclipse Chasers is a guide to past and future Australian total solar eclipses, exploring historical and cultural knowledge, as well as featuring five upcoming eclipses that will be visible in Australia.

The science of eclipses is explained, as well as how to prepare for an eclipse and view it safely. For upcoming eclipses the best locations to view each one are revealed, alongside tips for taking photographs.

The book also reveals untold stories of how past Australian astronomers observed the total eclipses that have occurred since European settlement, and how these eclipses were celebrated in popular culture, poetry and art. It explores the great significance of solar eclipses for First Nations peoples, and their observations and cultural meanings.

Eclipse Chasers showcases the drama and beauty of total solar eclipses and is essential for anyone fascinated by these amazing events.

Thursday 23rd March Dr Nick Lomb and Dr Toner Stevenson will be Online with a Zoom presentation and the talk will be Zoomed from the Observatory and so visitors can attend in person.

Copies of Eclipse Chasers will be available on the night $39.99, discount for Members.

Zoom Bookings Register in advance for Eclipse Chasers Launch
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

In Person Bookings to attend at the Observatory includes light refreshments

Upcoming Total Solar Eclipses in Australia:

  • April 2023 Exmouth WA
  • July 2028 path Sydney NSW to NZ
  • November 2030
  • July 2037
  • December 2038


March 23, 2023
18:00 - 19:00


March 23, 2023
18:00 - 19:00
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