Solar eclipse casts shadow across north Australia

Solar eclipse casts shadow across north Australia

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PALM COVE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 14: Near totality is seen during the solar eclipse at Palm Cove on November 14, 2012 in Palm Cove, Australia. Thousands of eclipse-watchers have gathered in part of North Queensland to enjoy the solar eclipse, the first in Australia in a decade. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on November 13, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 15 at 10:15 AM

SYDNEY - In northern Australia, tens of thousands of scientists, tourists and amateur astronomers watched in awe as a total solar eclipse turned day into night for about two minutes Wednesday.

Stubborn clouds that many feared would ruin the view parted -- somewhat -- in north Queensland, defying forecasts of a total eclipse-viewing bust.

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.

Skygazers crowded along palm-fringed beaches, fields and clifftops to watch the event through protective viewing glasses and homemade pinhole cameras that projected the sun's image onto makeshift screens. Fitness fanatics gathered for the Solar Eclipse Marathon, where the first rays of the sun re-emerging from behind the moon was the starting gun. Some began partying days ago at a weeklong eclipse festival.

The next total solar eclipse won't happen until March 2015.
 

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