Total Solar Eclipse 2012: Where To Watch The Event Online On Tuesday

By Amir Khan on November 12, 2012 9:18 AM EST

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A total solar eclipse is coming on Tuesday. Here's where to watch it. (Photo: Creative Commons)

A total solar eclipse is coming on Tuesday, November 13 2012, and while this rare event is exciting, most people rushing out to view the total solar eclipse will be sorely disappointed. The total solar eclipse will only be viewable from small slivers of Northern Australia and a wide area of open ocean -- but that doesn't mean you have to miss the event.

People wanting to see the total solar eclipse don't have to make a journey to Australia -- all they have to do is sign online. Several different websites will broadcast the 2012 total solar eclipse on Tuesday, which begins at 3:35 EST on Tuesday.

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One such site, the Slooh Space Camera, will broadcast the total solar eclipse here.

"We are ecstatic to have a world-class team on-site in Cairns bringing the power and beauty of this spectacular event live to our worldwide audience," Patrick Paolucci, president of Slooh, said in a statement. "We are ramped up and ready to go to handle millions of viewers."

The total solar eclipse will also be streamed live by Tourism Tropical North Queensland, which can be viewed here.

The path of the total solar eclipse will be 108 miles wide and 9,000 miles long, according to Space.com. But if you're lucky enough to be viewing it with your naked eye, be careful. Never look directly at the sun, either with your naked eye or with binoculars or a telescope. Doing so can blind you. Standard sunglasses do not provide adequate protection either. In order to view the total solar eclipse safely, you need special solar filters for your equipment of No. 14 welders glasses.

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