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Australian sky-gazers in awe of total eclipse

Published on Nov 14, 2012 6:10 AM

PALM COVE, Australia (AFP) - Sky-gazers in northern Australia donned protective glasses as the clouds parted on Wednesday to allow them to witness one of nature's greatest phenomena - a total eclipse of the sun.

All eyes and cameras turned to the heavens over tropical north Queensland as the moon began moving between the Earth and the sun, like a small bite which gradually increases in size.

Cloud cover threatened to spoil the party and huge cheers erupted when they parted to give tens of thousands of eclipse hunters a perfect view of totality - when the moon completely covers the sun and a faint halo or corona appears.

"Wow, insects and birds gone quiet," one tourist, Mr Geoff Scott, tweeted.

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