Amid the island’s famous statues, applause broke out as the moon’s shadow began to pass in front of the sun.
The eclipse started at 7pm BST about 440 miles south-east of Tonga, and reached Easter Island by 9.11pm BST last night.
A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon (at new moon phase) lines up exactly between the sun and Earth. Because the moon’s orbit is inclined 5 degrees, most new moons pass a little above or below the sun and no eclipse occurs.
However, when the alignment is dead on, the moon covers the sun for several minutes and casts a 100-mile wide shadow on the Earth.
Watch yesterday’s solar eclipse over Easter Island here.