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Rare eclipse of Saturn will be seen in parts of New Zealand

Kiwi star galleries will be treated in a rare sight this Friday morning. From 12.30 Saturn will be darkened by the moon and create an incredible view for different parts of the country. For about an hour – until 1.47am – the ringed planet will be hidden behind the moon – known as a lot of occultation. Those in the northern part of the country, including Auckland, Taupo and Wellington, will be among the first to witness it at 12.32, 12.35 and 12.39 respectively. READ MORE:* Australian pond shoot to provide dusty red sunrises and sunsets in New Zealand* If you miss tonight's supermoon there is also a next month* Difficult gales to hit the lower north island, says MetService Places in South Island will follow shortly with Christchurch, Dunedin and Invercargill looking at the eclipse at 12.42, at 12:47 and MetService meteorologist Amy Rossiter told Stuff there is "quite a bit of cloud construction" around the country thanks to a general westerly flow. Auckland is currently experiencing some clouds and showers, but Wellington has clear skies at the moment and it "should be so for the rest of the night". "North Island [is] the best place to be, Wellington is better than Auckland," when it comes to visibility of the eclipse, according to Rossiter. " " There are some gaps around Auckland, they can catch a glimpse of "19659005] Heading in south Iceland, the chance to see the sunset from Christchurch is hampered by low clouds, which could possibly…

Kiwi star galleries will be treated in a rare sight this Friday morning.

From 12.30 Saturn will be darkened by the moon and create an incredible view for different parts of the country.

For about an hour – until 1.47am – the ringed planet will be hidden behind the moon – known as a lot of occultation.

Those in the northern part of the country, including Auckland, Taupo and Wellington, will be among the first to witness it at 12.32, 12.35 and 12.39 respectively.

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Places in South Island will follow shortly with Christchurch, Dunedin and Invercargill looking at the eclipse at 12.42, at 12:47 and

MetService meteorologist Amy Rossiter told Stuff there is “quite a bit of cloud construction” around the country thanks to a general westerly flow.

Auckland is currently experiencing some clouds and showers, but Wellington has clear skies at the moment and it “should be so for the rest of the night”.

“North Island [is] the best place to be, Wellington is better than Auckland,” when it comes to visibility of the eclipse, according to Rossiter. “

” There are some gaps around Auckland, they can catch a glimpse of “19659005] Heading in south Iceland, the chance to see the sunset from Christchurch is hampered by low clouds, which could possibly be dimmed.

” It doesn’t look good to them [Christchurch] to see anything in the sky tonight. “

Similarly, Invercargill has some cloud cover, makes it” a bit messy and go, whether they will have enough clouds “.

However, Dunedin is shaping up to be an ideal place to see the rare event with mostly clear sky and just a few high clouds “nothing too significant to prevent any comments. “

For those who are keen to see the eclipse, the Dunedin Astronomical Society prevailed on Facebook,” find a nice dark spot where you can easily see the moon (and rather bright “dots” nearby, which is Saturn) and take a couple binos [binoculars] or a small range “.

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