2012 Eclipse live from a Cairns Hot Air Balloon on Diwali


The best place in the world to see the total solar eclipse next week on Diwali, is Cairns, Queensland. This celestial event will be a unique celebration of light, for visitors from all over as they fly in a fleet of 10 hot air balloons to see the eclipse, west of the Great Barrier Reef.

It’s anticipated that the spectacle of the Australian themed hot air balloons; the Koala, Kangaroo and Aussie balloons in particular, glowing like giant lanterns over the Australian landscape, will be quite extraordinary.

Hot Air Balloon Cairns is popular with Indian visitors, with thousands of Indian tourists to Queensland, experiencing floating over the outback and seeing kangaroos from a hot air balloon.

Andrew Steel, Managing Director  said, Hot Air Balloon Cairns’ daily flight path, just happens on November 14th 2012, to be one of the prime viewing spots for visitors and   umbraphiles (eclipse chasers), as per predictions by Fred Espenak of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centre.


It’s expected the balloons will fly to a height of 1000 to 3000 feet above ground level, (plus 900 feet above sea level) dependant on the breeze and conditions on the day. On-board will be visitors from all over Australia, India  and the world, with a team of filmmakers and photographers that will capture the event live and shown at www.hotair.com.au.

Mr Steel has visited the Indian travel industry for many years in New Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Chennai and Bangalore.   He said that the Indian honeymoon and family markets have truly taken to ballooning and been wonderful passengers to fly, really appreciating the joys of hot air ballooning in Cairns. As well Hot Air Balloon Gold Coast has been very popular with Indian Australians too.

For any late night owls in India that want to watch any family or friends in Australia ballooning, the solar eclipse broadcast will begin at 1.30am IST on the Wednesday 14th November and end at 2.45 am Wednesday, with a live webcast of the hot air balloons of the actual eclipse online at www.hotair.com.au      The moment of Totality will occur at 02.07am IST

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