Eclipse Chasers: It’s time to get chasing

February 27th, 2023

Discover the drama and beauty of total solar eclipses in Eclipse Chasers and get chasing yourself with the next eclipse coming in April 2023.
A 3d image of the book Eclipse Chasers against a black sky background with a spectacular eclipse to the right.

Eclipse Chasers by Nick Lomb and Toner Stevenson.


Witnessing a total solar eclipse is a wondrous and unforgettable event! That’s why Exmouth in Western Australia will soon be a focal point for scientists and enthusiasts from all over the world as they seek the best possible view of a total solar eclipse.

Ahead of this upcoming event, authors Nick Lomb and Toner Stevenson have released a new book entitled Eclipse Chasers in which they look at our long-held fascination and pursuit of these awesome events.

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.

Photo of a partial eclipse of the sun just before totality.

A 2002 eclipse showing the Sun just before totality, as seen from Ceduna, South Australia. (Photo: Melissa Hulbert)


The book delivers practical tips to ensure ‘eclipse chasers’ get the best possible experience and also includes expert contributions by Associate Professor Duane Hamacher, Uncle Ghillar Michael Anderson, Melissa Hulbert, Kirsten Banks and Geoffrey Wyatt.

‘There have been other books about solar eclipses, and there will be much information elsewhere on the coming eclipses, but this book aims to put them into perspective, with stories and images that are all uniquely Australian,’ note Lomb and Stevenson.

A total eclipse in the centre of the photo surrounded by a sky that shade from deep blue to a golden yellow.

Eclipse in 2002. Totality as seen from the Woomera Rocket Range. (Photo: Nick Lomb)



The Ningaloo Eclipse will occur on April 20 at 11:29 am local time. Darkness will descend, the temperature will drop, the horizon will glow and stars will become visible. The full eclipse will be best witnessed across a 250 km wide tracking path, with Exmouth being the prime land-based option.

You should never look directly at the Sun with your unprotected eye and need specifically designed viewing glasses (regular sunglasses or welder masks will not do). There is also advice for those using telescopes, or for those wanting to go ‘old school’ with a kitchen strainer and piece of cardboard.

If you plan to photograph or video the eclipse, by phone or digital camera, you need to have the settings right (and batteries charged). The book explains the best way to set-up your devices.

You may need warmer clothes for the drop in temperature, chairs, water and snacks and even insect repellent (mosquitoes love twilight).



The Ningaloo event in April will herald an extraordinary run of five total eclipses in Australia across the next decade and a half occurring April 2023, July 2028, November 2030, July 2037 and December 2038.

A map of Australia showing the tracks of five eclipses that can be viewed from 2023 to 2038.

Map of the five total solar eclipses in Australia from 2023 to 2038. (Map: Geoffrey Wyatt)


Eclipse Chasers is a practical guide to viewing and understanding these rare and wonderful events and includes a wealth of historical and cultural insight into how humans have interpreted, documented and pursued the phenomena of total solar eclipses.

Don’t you think it’s time to get chasing?


A total eclipse which appears as a black circle with a thin pink and white light around its perimeter against a black sky.

2012 eclipse. The spectacular diamond ring heralded the beginning and end of totality. (Photo: Melissa Hulbert)


A 3D image of the Eclipse Chasers book, which features a total eclipse on the cover.

Eclipse Chasers by Nick Lomb and Toner Stevenson.



Eclipse Chasers showcases the drama and beauty of total solar eclipses and is essential for anyone fascinated by or wanting to learn more about these amazing events. It is available to purchase on our website and from all good bookstores.

Teacher Notes are also free to download from our website.





A headshot of author Nick Lomb waring a plaid baseball cap, dark glasses and a red jacket.

Dr Nick Lomb. (Photo: Esther Simons)

Astronomy Professor Dr Nick Lomb has guided Australians in all things astronomical for decades. Nick was the Powerhouse Museum/Sydney Observatory Astronomy curator for 30 years and is the author of the annual Australasian Sky Guide.

A headshot of author Toner Stevenson wearing glasses and smiling to camera.

Dr Toner Stevenson. (Photo: Bill Green)


Dr Toner Stevenson is an honorary History affiliate at the University of Sydney and has over 30 years’ experience working in museums and heritage sites in Australia and the UK.





Strip image combining the 5 individual photos of Duane Hamacher, Uncle Ghillar Michael Anderson, Melissa Hulbert, Kirsten Banks, and Geoffrey Wyatt.

Eclipse Chasers contributors Associate Professor Duane Hamacher, Uncle Ghillar Michael Anderson, Melissa Hulbert, Kirsten Banks, and Geoffrey Wyatt. (Photos: Amanda Fordyce, Eleanor Gilbert, author supplied)