TOTAL ECLIPSE 2028: SATURDAY JULY 22
The path for this total solar eclipse commences in the Indian Ocean, passing over the isolated Christmas and Cocos Islands before making landfall in the Kimberly, WA. The Moon’s shadow then crosses the Australian states of NT, QLD, (briefly grazing SA) and NSW before heading into the Tasman Sea. The path then crosses the south island of New Zealand, and over the Antipodes Island Group before ending in the South Pacific Ocean.
All of Australia, New Zealand, and most of South East Asia will see a partial solar eclipse.
This total solar eclipse will be the second of a quintet of eclipses visible from Australia over the coming years. This eclipse gives many options for viewing totality under clear skies across Australia, and will be far more accessible than the total eclipse of 2023 which only grazed the western-most tip of the continent.
Unique path features
- Everyone living and traveling into the path will see a total solar eclipse, which is the most awe-inspiring event and worth traveling for.
- The long duration of totality for this eclipse is a stand-out feature. This, along with the ease of access to the path and wide choice of interesting locations, will make this a very appealing total solar eclipse.
- The eclipse path is a very wide maximum of 230km, which is in contrast to the 40km wide path of totality for the 2023 total eclipse visible only from the North-west Cape in WA.
- The maximum duration of totality is a long 5m 10s at the point of greatest eclipse in the Kimberly region of WA, in Australia’s North-West.
- The best weather prospects along the path will be in the Timor Sea, WA, NT, and QLD locations. In NSW and beyond to NZ, the chance of cloud increases dramatically.
- In NZ, the path goes through major tourist areas such as Queenstown and Dunedin, although the winter weather will be not as favorable as in Australia.
- The path goes over high population areas of NSW including Sydney, although most chasers are likely to head to WA, NT, and QLD for an uncrowded outback experience where clear weather is almost guaranteed.
- All of Australia, New Zealand, and most of South East Asia will see a partial solar eclipse.
Special planning considerations
- This is the second of five total solar eclipses visible from Australia over a 16 year period and should be considered the ‘king of the quintet’ given the duration and ease of accessibility
- Although the path travels through Australia and New Zealand, most international travellers will make a beeline to Australia given the best chances of clear weather
- Compared to the limited options for the 2023 total solar eclipse in Australia, most visitors will be able to travel independently with very little cost to experience this eclipse
- For a party atmosphere, Sydney will be hard to beat. However, the weather prospects for viewing from NSW are not as favourable as regional areas in Western Australia, Northern Territory, and Queensland.
- The Kimberly region of WA is likely to be of interest to the media and those wanting to experience the maximum duration of time in totality
- The South Island of New Zealand is likely to be inundated with travellers seeking spectacular landscapes, keeping in mind the eclipse occurs during the winter
- New Zealand will also be experiencing three further eclipses also visible from Australia
The ‘King of the Quintet’ of Australian eclipses
Australia is in a lucky position to have five total solar eclipses crossing over the continent over a period of 16 years.
I have already been working with several areas within this path of totality in Australia and New Zealand.
More information coming soon.
The following are links to external sites and are my recommendations for further information about the 2028 total solar eclipse. Note that some of these resources are in the early stages of development. More information coming soon.
Start exploring our wonderful continent here with Tourism Australia. Most people plan to spend a few weeks when visiting.
Eclipsophile.com provides detailed analysis of the weather along the path of totality and annularity for every solar eclipse – an essential resource. Run by eclipse chaser Jay Anderson, a Canadian meteorologist. Keep watching for updates.
Eclipsewise.com is the authoritative source for lunar and solar eclipse predictions and information. Run by eclipse chaser Fred Espenak, a retired NASA astrophysicist also known as ‘Mr Eclipse’.
SolarEclipsesGoogleMaps is a feature-laden interactive GoogleMap that allows for detailed exploration of the path of totality future or past solar eclipses. Prepare to spend hours using this tool. Run by eclipse chaser Xavier Jubier, a French IT specialist.
Keep an eye on updates from this very cool eclipse simulator tool, where you can pick your location and play with the simulator to get a feel of what to expect. Run by eclipse chaser Dan McGlaun.
The fully endorsed, official eye safety guidance used internationally to instruct HOW to view a solar eclipse safely can be found on this authoritative site. Anything that contradicts this information is outdated and wrong.
An extensive site with facts, figures, gorgeous maps, resources and an eclipse-related shop. By Michael Zeiler, eclipse chasing cartographer. Start exploring here and get lost for hours.
I am already working to prepare communities in Australia and New Zealand for this total solar eclipse, and will be launching guidance soon. Along with usual workshops, presentations, community visits, tailored content. Get in touch if you need to know more.
Is your region within the path of totality for the 2028 total solar eclipse? Reach out now to discuss how early planning will lead to sustainable tourism.