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Eclipse - The Dark Side Of The Moon 50th - Ningaloo Eclipse Documentary

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Today on YouTube you can watch the premiere of the documentary that captured a rare total solar eclipse at the UNESCO World Heritage Site Ningaloo (Nyinggulu) Marine Park in Exmouth, Western Australia on April 20, 2023.

Pink Floyd will continue to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the classic album The Dark Side Of The Moon by releasing a new 30-minute film documenting the recent Australian eclipse titled Eclipse.

The exclusive YouTube release follows several lucky Pink Floyd fans who flew to Western Australia to listen to The Dark Side Of The Moon while witnessing a once-in-a-lifetime view of an extraordinary and rare total solar eclipse phenomenon.

On Thursday, April 20, 2023, the shadow of the moon touched the tip of Western Australia, as it passed through one of the most beautiful areas in the world: the Ningaloo Marine Park in Exmouth, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Overseen by the group's creative consultant and Hipgnosis co-founder Aubrey 'Po' Powell, Pink Floyd gave eight Australian fans (dubbed The Astronomy Domine Eight) the exclusive opportunity to visit the special scenic location within the region to hear the album. In its whole.

The album's epic final song, Eclipse (with the final lines “But the sun is eclipsed by the moon…”) was timed to align with the exact moment of the total eclipse.

The documentary, created by Powell and his team, director Benny Trickett and producer Fiz Oliver, follows the Astronomy Domine Eight listening to headphones next to a specially constructed pyramid on a deserted beach.

It describes their journey from requesting the trip to their subsequent emotional feelings.

As part of the documentary, local locals from the area and thousands of others who had also made the historic trip to Exmouth to be part of the experience were also interviewed.

This momentous year will also see another major eclipse on October 14 across the Americas, and Pink Floyd is running a campaign on the band's social media encouraging local fans to play The Dark Side Of The Moon during the eclipse and upload videos and photos of your experiences. using #pfeclipse.

The best of them will be republished on Pink Floyd's social networks.

Additionally, in recognition of one of the best-selling albums of all time, a fully immersive experience featuring imagery from the solar system and beyond alongside The Dark Side Of The Moon is currently playing at various planetariums around the world.

The show itself is presented with a different theme for each track; some look towards the futuristic future and others are a retro recognition of the visual history of Pink Floyd, all related to an experience of time and space, adopting cutting-edge technology that only a Planetarium can offer.

It's a visual and surround sound delight that will transcend reality and take you far beyond the realms of 2D experience.

You can contact your local Planetarium for screening details.

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