Us West Aussies are used the eastern states stealing the limelight, with many a festival and concert passing over our western region. But not this time. Instead, all eyes across the globe were on the happenings in our neck of the bush.
On Thursday 20 April 2023 at 11:30am, the small town of Exmouth which lies 1,248 kilometers north of Perth was plunged into complete darkness due to a rare Total Solar Eclipse; something our state hasn’t seen since 1974.
The sun disappeared behind the moon over Exmouth with 100 per cent totality for an entire 58 seconds, making it the most accessible land-based place on Earth to marvel at the rarity.
According to Weatherzone, temperatures dropped by 3.4 degrees at Carnarvon Airport, 364 kilometres south of Exmouth between 10:23am and 11:30am local time too.
The eclipse lasted 2 hours and 58 minutes across all phases in Exmouth, and photographers and locals alike flocked to park up a prime spot in towns along the north-west coast to catch a glimpse of the phenomenon.
Our other Australian state counterparts experienced a partial eclipse at around 1:30pm (AEST), and they will get to revel in the next Total Solar Eclipse in 2028. But for now, take a look at the 2023 Solar Eclipse images from various vantage points in Western Australia.