Solar eclipse casts shadow over northern Australia

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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.

Totality is seen during the eclipse from Palm Cove, Australia. Picture: Getty

Totality is seen during the eclipse from Palm Cove, Australia. Picture: Getty

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.

 

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