Millions of people flocked to areas of the U.S. that are in the “path of totality” in order to experience a total solar eclipse. During the event, the moon passes in between the sun and the Earth, appearing to block the sun.
The second solar eclipse of 2012 occured above northern Australia just moments ago giving thousands of observers in Queensland an early morning treat. The 2 minute and 5 second total eclipse welcomed the day as the moon crossed in front of the Sun just 14° above the eastern horizon.
Previously this year, the western U.S. was treated to a ‘ring of fire‘ eclipse in May. Today’s events came a decade after Australia’s last solar eclipse and were the first in the region in over 1,300 years.