BOSTON Australians were treated with a rare astronomical delight on Tuesday as the Sun, Moon and Earth aligned for a full solar eclipse. Thousands gathered across the land down under to view the haloed star through special glasses, from the shore, aboard boats and even from hot air balloons.
The AP reports the eclipse began around dawn and cast a 150-kilometer (95-mile) shadow across Australia’s Northern Territory. The eclipse was partially visible from Indonesia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, the eastern half of Australia and southernmost areas of Chile and Argentina.
The eclipse’s peak — known as the totality phase — lasted for approximately two minutes.
According to the AP, the next solar eclipse is expected to occur in March 2015.
ABC News posted video of the event as it approached totality.