Solar Eclipse Wows Aussies

Next total solar eclipse won't be until 2015

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Nov 14, 2012 1:31 AM CST

(Newser) – From boats bobbing on the Great Barrier Reef, to hot air balloons hovering over the rainforest, and the hilltops and beaches in between, tens of thousands of scientists, tourists, and amateur astronomers watched as the sun, moon, and Earth aligned and plunged northern Australia into darkness during a total solar eclipse early today. Starting just after dawn, the eclipse cast its 95-mile shadow in Australia's Northern Territory, crossed the northeast tip of the country and swept east across the South Pacific

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. Gloomy weather had left many eclipse-chasers who had traveled to Australia from around the globe anxious that they wouldn't be able to see a thing. But the clouds moved in time for many to watch as the moon blotted out the sun's rays and cast a shadow over the tropical landscape. The next total solar eclipse will take place in March 2015, but eclipse-watchers will have to travel to the North Atlantic's Faroe Islands or Svalbard to see it.

People gather on Palm Cove beach in Queensland state, Australia, to watch the total solar eclipse.
People gather on Palm Cove beach in Queensland state, Australia, to watch the total solar eclipse.   (AP Photo/Tourism Queensland, Murray Anderson-Clemence)
The moment of a total solar eclipse is observed at Cape Tribulation in Queensland state, Australia.
The moment of a total solar eclipse is observed at Cape Tribulation in Queensland state, Australia.   (AP Photo/Tourism Queensland)
A hot air balloon floats in the air as a solar eclipse is observed near Cairns, in Queensland state, Australia.
A hot air balloon floats in the air as a solar eclipse is observed near Cairns, in Queensland state, Australia.   (AP Photo/Tourism Queensland, David Barker)
We watched the sun’s rays re-emerge from behind the moon while kangaroos hopped along the ground below, said Hank Harper from Los Angeles, who brought his two children to Australia for the eclipse.
We "watched the sun’s rays re-emerge from behind the moon while kangaroos hopped along the ground below," said Hank Harper from Los Angeles, who brought his two children to Australia for the eclipse.   (AP Photo/Hot Air Balloon Cairns)
People gather on a beach at Palm Cove in Queensland state, Australia, to watch and photograph the total solar eclipse.
People gather on a beach at Palm Cove in Queensland state, Australia, to watch and photograph the total solar eclipse.   (AP Photo/Tourism Queensland, Murray Anderson-Clemence)
A woman watches a total solar eclipse at Lakeland in Queensland state, Australia.
A woman watches a total solar eclipse at Lakeland in Queensland state, Australia.   (AP Photo/Tourism Queensland, David Barker)
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