One-year countdown to eclipse begins

Total solar eclipse 2023 coming to WA

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FOLLOWING THE SUN: Carol Redford preparing for the Great American Eclipse of August 2017.

FOLLOWING THE SUN: Carol Redford preparing for the Great American Eclipse of August 2017.

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Exmouth, north of Perth, the only land in Australia where the "path of totality" crosses.

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Just under a year from today, WA will be the best place on the planet to witness a total solar eclipse.

On April 20, 2023, the area around Exmouth and the Mackerel Islands will be buzzing with visitors read to see one of nature's most incredible shows.

Tens of thousands of eclipse chasers are expected to be in Exmouth on North West Cape and in boats around the Mackerel Islands.

These places offer the only land in Australia where the "path of totality" crosses and the total solar eclipse will be visible.

ETERNALLY YOURS: Total solar eclipse diamond ring taken from Madras, Oregon, in the US.

ETERNALLY YOURS: Total solar eclipse diamond ring taken from Madras, Oregon, in the US.

The "path of totality" is very narrow at just 40km wide.

Those in this area will experience the full awe and wonder of the total solar eclipse, where the Sun is fully blocked by the Moon and the Moon's ominous shadow sweeps over the landscape, plunging the area into darkness for just over a minute.

To experience a total solar eclipse, you must be within the "path of totality" and it's an experience that will live in memories forever.

Astrotourism WA chief executive Carol Redford experienced her first total solar eclipse in 2017 when she travelled to Oregon in the US.

Relating the experience, Ms Redford said, "A total solar eclipse is an awe-inspiring moment that nature gives us.

"At the moment totality begins, it becomes eerily dark, the animals started to behave like it was night time and what surprised me most was the drop in temperature. It was a warm day and I almost needed a jacket."

Next year's eclipse is the first of four such events for WA.

"It's amazing to think that WA sees more total solar eclipses than anywhere else in the world over the next 15 years," she said.

"Following the 2023 eclipse, the next will be visible from WA in 2028, 2037 and 2038.

"These are global events that attract international attention and provide such incredible opportunities to promote WA as a dark sky destination."

The 2023 solar eclipse will occur over about three hours.

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