People in the south Pacific had the best view at the moment of closest encounter: it was their night, and they were nearest to Mars at the magic moment. British astronomers were hardly so lucky. 'Eleven this morning didn't feel any different from any other time. It was cloudy and Mars was the other side of the Earth,' said Robin Scagell, of the Society for Popular Astronomy and one of the promoters of national astronomy week.
This item has no significance except shameless gloating and southern hemisphere chauvinism. It's probably a good thing for all concerned I started this blog some months after watching last year's total eclipse from Cameron's Corner.