For the first and only time this year, the moon completely covered the sun. Nearly 50,000 people flocked to Cairns, Australia, to witness the event. According to Space:
The last total solar eclipse as viewed from Earth took place in July 2010, and the next one won't occur until March 2015.
From start to finish, the "total" phase of the solar eclipse lasted about three hours. At Cairns on the northeast Queensland coast, enthusiastic observers saw the moon cover the sun's disk completely for two minutes, beginning at 3:39 p.m. EST.