Weather forecasts had predicted that stubborn clouds would prevent the phenomenon from being properly viewed, but clouds parted at the last minute, giving viewers a great spectacle.

Immediately before, I was thinking, ‘Are we gonna see this?’ And we just had a fantastic display it was just beautiful,” said Terry Cuttle of the Astronomical Association of Queensland, who has seen a dozen total solar eclipses. “Right after it finished the clouds came back again. It really adds to the drama of it” reported The Guardian.

Some Queensland hotels were booked up for more than three years and more than 50,000 people flooded into the region according to Queensland Tourism.

A partial eclipse was be visible from east Indonesia, the eastern half of Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and southern parts of Chile and Argentina.

The next total solar eclipse happens in March 2015 over Europe.


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