THE sun rose over Northern Australia today, and almost immediately darkness fell, as a total eclipse of the sun was watched by thousands of amateur astronomers.
Starting just after dawn, the eclipse cast its 95-mile shadow in Australia’s Northern Territory, crossed the northeast tip of the country and was swooping east across the South Pacific, where no islands are in its direct path.
A partial eclipse was visible from east Indonesia, the eastern half of Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and southern parts of Chile and Argentina.
Totality - the darkness that happens at the peak of the eclipse - lasted just over two minutes in the parts of Australia where it was visible.
Spectators whooped and clapped with delight as the moon passed between the sun and Earth, leaving a slice of the continent’s northeast in sudden darkness.