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Solar Eclipse Brings Moon-Faced Tourists to Cook Islands

Travel News — By Ben Van Loon on July 15, 2010 at 1:31 pm

If you’re a fan of total solar eclipses (when the moon passes over the sun), you’ve already missed your chance to see it this year. July 11th marked 2010′s only total solar eclipse, though there will be a total lunar eclipse (when the earth passes between the sun and moon) on December 21st, and it will be relatively easy viewing for North American moon-gazers.

Of course, even if you were looking to the skies on the 11th, you would have had to be somewhere in the South Pacific to get the full effect, and the experience would have lasted only about 5 minutes and 20 seconds total.

By all reports, the Cook Islands were the best place to view the eclipse from. This fact alone boosted Cook Islands tourism and gave a rare opportunity for the islanders and visitors to stand in the shadow of the moon. TravelQuest Tours was one of the companies to cash in on the eclipse, leading a group of people to the Cook Islands on a package tour including food, entertainment, and cultural immersion experiences.

There is, of course, more to do on the Cook Islands than wait for the next solar eclipse. If you’re looking for a unique vacation in a place still left relatively unmarred by touring masses, then the Cook Islands will surely give you a vacation to remember.

But if eclipses be your penchant, than you’ll have to wait until November 13th, 2012 for the next total solar eclipse, which will be viewable from parts of Australia and the Pacific. You can even start booking your trip with Solar Eclipse Tours now.

[Image: weather.com]

Tags: Australia, Cook Islands, eclipse, lunar eclipse, solar eclipse, south pacific, tourism, tours

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