Nov 14 2012 By Cheryl Mullin
A TOTAL solar eclipse brought tens of thousands of people to a standstill in Northern Australia, as they stopped to witness the rare event.
It’s been more than a decade since a total solar eclipse was visible in Queensland, and crystal clear skies gave tourists and astronomers alike a front row seat for the celestial phenomenon.
There were cheers and claps of delight as the moon passed between the sun and the earth, plunging onlookers into sudden darkness.
Totality (the length of time the moon completely blocked the sun’s light) lasted just over two minutes.
It will be March 2015 before Australia gets its next chance to witness a solar eclipse.