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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.

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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