22. July 2028 - 12:00 till 23:59
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The David Bowie Blackstar Experience | Sydney, Australia | Saturday, 22. July 2028

On Saturday July 22, 2028, a very rare total solar eclipse of the sun will cross the entire land mass of Australia and New Zealand in a way that has so far been unprecented this century.

The 100% zone of the total solar eclipse will cross over Wyndham (WA), Kununurra, (WA), Tennant Creek (NT), Birdsville (QLD), Bourke (NSW), Dubbo (NSW) and Dunedin (NZ). At approximately 2 PM, it will cross over the largest city in this area of the world - Sydney and will last for over 3 minutes. We have ELEVEN YEARS in which to plan for this nearly once in a lifetime display in terms of geographical and astronomical scope. Please share with ALL of your friends.


Several months before his death in January 2016, David Bowie, a musical innovator and major figure in popular culture, released a ten-minute video, directed by Johan Renck, for “Blackstar,” the first single and title track on his final studio album. The music from the album and the videos that accompany it show the artist, who had been recently diagnosed with cancer, contemplating his own mortality with music, lyrics, and imagery.

Central to the opening sequence of “Blackstar” is a total solar eclipse that Bowie, known for his astute use of imagery and stagecraft, artfully used to set a mysterious, dark, and ominous tone. In Renaissance art, the eclipse was used in Crucifixion scenes to symbolize the unparalleled darkness and anguish described in the Gospel of Luke. This religious association is punctuated later in Bowie’s video, when three bodies are seen hanging from crosses. Beneath the eclipse one sees the lifeless body of an astronaut in a bleak planetary landscape devoid of vegetation. The total solar eclipse is motionless except for the glowing plasma of the corona.

When the camera focuses on the eclipse, the lyrics “at the center of it all, at the center of it all, your eyes” are first heard. The center of it all is the full totality of the eclipse, with its symbolic allusion to death, which could also be read as the iris of an eye, vision, and something more.