Thousands come out to witness the rare total solar eclipse in Australia


A huge crowd (thousands of them) has flocked to Australia to witness the rare sight of a total solar eclipse. The crowd included everyone ranging from tourists to astronomers.

Terry Cuttie of Astronomical Association of Queensland says, “Immediately before, I was thinking, ‘Are we gonna see this?’ And we just had a fantastic display – it was just beautiful,” and “And right after it finished, the clouds came back again. It really adds to the drama of it.”

A young eclipse watcher that came out to see it, said, “It’s really cool. I’ve never seen anything like this before,”

The next solar eclipse like this one shall only take place in March 2015. It is estimated that the live eclipse was seen by millions. The eclipse was partially seen in regions of New Zealand and eastern Indonesia.

In Queensland, parts of the region were left dark as night for as long a little over two minutes. The animals were all too confused as a result of the eclipse and temperatures also dropped as moon blocked the sunlight from reaching earth.

Scientists have placed underwater cameras in the Great Barrier Reef to its reaction on the ecosystem of reef.

One tweeple, Geoff Scott has tweeted, “Wow, insects and birds gone quiet,”

It’s interesting to see the buzz building around the March 2015 solar eclipse as bookings have started taking place for three in advance of the eclipse. Queensland authorities have reported that as many as 50000 people have come to see the eclipse.

Source: BBC

Photos: BBC, Reuters, The Idealist

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