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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Video: Thousands jam beaches as Australia treated to full solar eclipse

The rare full solar eclipse plunged north-eastern Australia into darkness for two minutes.

A RARE full solar eclipse plunged north-eastern Australia into darkness for two minutes early today, delighting the thousands of people who had gathered on beaches.

In Cairns, the main city in north Queensland and a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, cloudy skies and occasional rain partly obscured the view, but elsewhere viewing conditions were more favourable.

North Queensland's tourism body and NASA provided a live stream of the eclipse, which was expected to give a massive boost to the region's tourism industry with many people travelling from around the country and overseas to catch the best view of the celestial show.

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