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Tue November 13, 2012
The Two-Way

VIDEO: In Australia, A Total Solar Eclipse

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 9:30 am

There were two minutes of stunning astronomical coincidence over Australia today.

It was a total solar eclipse and the images are just stunning:

The AP reports that people across Australia waited on boats, hot air ballons, hill tops and beaches waiting for the sublime moment. Some worried that clouds would obscure it.

But totality, or the point at which the moon completely covers the surface of the sun, lasted 2 minutes and 5 seconds and it was spectacular.

ABC News posted video of the event as it approached totality:

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