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Equipment is made ready to be used for a direct feed of the total solar eclipse to NASA on the foreshore at Palm Cove in Tropical North Queensland on November 13, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Greg Wood

A total solar eclipse will sweep a dark path across northern Australia on Wednesday morning.

Along the path's only populated region, the east coast of Queensland, totality will last two minutes around 6:35 Wednesday morning, when the sun is just 14 degrees above the eastern horizon.

During most of the eclipse's three-hour duration, the moon's shadow will cross the South Pacific. A partial eclipse will be visible from the rest of Australia, as well as parts of New Zealand, South America and Antarctica.

The event will take place around 12:35 p.m. Tuesday Pacific standard time. It can be seen on live streams online, including one provided by the Slooh Space Camera at http://www.ustream.tv/cairnseclipse2012.

It is the year's only total solar eclipse. The event visible across part of the Western United States in May was an annular eclipse, in which a ring of light remains.

The next total solar eclipse will be in March 2015, visible from the North Atlantic.



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