Locals and tourists experience total solar eclipse in Australia
Scientists, astronomers and eclipse chasers from all over the world joined locals in Cairns, Far North Queensland to witness an amazing total solar eclipse on November 14, 2012. Totality occurred at 6:38am local time and lasted for almost 2 minutes.
These pictures were taken at a local beach, where hundreds of residents gathered with their special viewing glasses ready to witness a total solar eclipse, the most amazing astronomical event you will ever experience if you are lucky enough to be in its path.
The beach was packed and the energy was vibrant and chaotic.
The clouds parted enough times for each phase to be seen and the rain stayed away.
As darkness descended, birds flew away, people stopped chatting, and everybody looked towards the sky. As the moon completely moved over the sun and totality was reached, loud cheers and cries echoed along the beach.
These pictures were taken without any special filters and only showed the total eclipse. Other phases could not be safely captured.