'Ring of Fire' Eclipse Crosses Australia, Pacific

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

'RSYDNEY (AP) - Skygazers across the Australian Outback are watching as the moon glides between the Earth and the sun, blocking everything but a dazzling ring of light in a solar eclipse.

Friday's "ring of fire" eclipse is the second solar eclipse visible from northern Australia in six months. In November, a total solar eclipse plunged the country's northeast into darkness, delighting astronomers and tourists who flocked to the region from across the globe to witness it.

Friday's eclipse is not considered nearly as scientifically important as November's, because the moon is too far from Earth to completely black out the sun.

The eclipse began casting its 200-kilometer-wide (120-mile-wide) shadow at dawn over Western Australia, before moving east through the Northern Territory and the top of Queensland state.

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