Cloud over the South hindered clear views of today's partial
Northlanders got the best view when it reached "maximum
coverage" and the moon obscured 89 per cent of the sun at
10.25am in Whangarei.
Southern stargazers seeking a clear view were largely
frustrated by cloud cover which granted only intermittent
views of the crescent sun.
Elsewhere, 60,000 scientists, astronomers and eclipse chasers
flocked to Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef in northern
Queensland to view a total solar eclipse today.
The Solar Saros 133, a series of eclipses which occur about
every 18 years, began in New Zealand at the North Cape at
9.12am with the moon first creeping over the sun's disc
before being viewed from around the country. It was to end
just before lunchtime.