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Total solar eclipse over South Pacific

Total solar eclipse over South Pacific
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In the South Pacific, thousands of tourists and scientists have witnessed a total solar eclipse from Chile’s Easter Island.

The population of the island – a world heritage site -doubled to around 8,000 for the event, the numbers swelled by thrillseekers eager to play in the surf as the light dwindled before completely disappearing.

Forecasters had feared cloudy weather could dash hopes of an unobstructed view but shortly before the eclipse was due the skies cleared.

The eclipse tracked an 11,000 kilometre corridor across the South Pacific.

In Tahiti, where the eclipse began, even crowds of football mad Polynesians took a break from watching the World Cup final to look up to the skies as the moon passed between the sun and the earth casting its eerie shadow.

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