Total Solar Eclipse of 2012 (Photo Gallery)

Solar Eclipse Seen Through Clouds Over Palm Cove, Australia

Anik De Groof

The moon moves in the front of the sun, seen through clouds at Palm Cove, Australia, Nov. 13, 2012 (EST).

Just-Risen Sun

Tourism Tropical North Queensland

The just-risen sun hangs over northern Australia at the very beginning of a solar eclipse on Nov. 13, 2012. The sun will reach totality about an hour after this photo was taken.

Total Solar Eclipse Begins, Nov. 13, 2012 (EST)

Slooh Space Camera

The Slooh Space Camera showed the total solar eclipse just beginning on Nov. 13, 2012 (EST), as viewed from Australia.

Solar Eclipse First Contact

Panasonic Eclipse Live

"First contact, woo hoo!" call the crowds from Australia as the moon first starts to obscure the corner of the sun during a total solar eclipse Nov. 13, 2012.

Partially-Eclipsed Sun

Panasonic Eclipse Live

A partially eclipsed sun is shown via a telescope set up in Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia on Nov. 13, 2012. Clouds are blocking some of the sun's face as well.

Bite Out of the Sun

Slooh Space Camera

A view of the partially eclipsed sun from the Slooh Space Camera's feed based in Port Douglas, just north of Cairns, in Northern Australia on Nov. 13, 2012.

Moon Encroaching

Panasonic Eclipse Live

The moon encroaches more and more onto the face of the sun, moving toward a total solar eclipse over Australia on Nov. 13, 2012.

Approaching Total Eclipse, Nov. 13, 2012 (EST)

Panasonic ECLIPSE LIVE by Solar Power

The sun approaches total eclipse in Australia on Nov. 13, 2012 (EST).

About Three Minutes from Totality

Tourism Tropical North Queensland

The sun about 3 minutes from total eclipse in Palm Cove, Australia, Nov. 13, 2012 (EST).

Total Solar Eclipse Over Australia on Nov 13, 2012 #2

Panasonic ECLIPSE LIVE by Solar Power

The moon completely blocks the sun over Australia on Nov. 13, 2012 (EST).

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