Scientists from the United States and Australia gathered in Western Australia on Thursday (20 June) to study a total eclipse of the sun.
LV & CU Astronomers preparing to watch eclipse (2 shots)
LV Astronomers look through smoked glass (2 shots)
LV Sun - before eclipse is evident
CU Astronomers with equipment (2 shots)
CU Sun one-eight eclipsed
LV Sun, one quarter eclipsed
LV Sun one third eclipsed
LV Astronomers in near darkness
LV Sun three-quarters eclipsed
LV Astronomers in darkness
LV Sun, almost totally eclipsed
GV Astronomers in darkness
LV Photographic rockets launched from mountains in darkness (2 shots)
AERIAL VIEW of clouds from astronomers' aircraft
LV Astronomers in aircraft
LV Sun totally eclipsed
GU Girl astronomer in aircraft
LV Total eclipse with corona showing
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Background: Scientists from the United States and Australia gathered in Western Australia on Thursday (20 June) to study a total eclipse of the sun.
The scientist had been preparing for the observation for almost a year and were hoping for clear conditions. However that was not to be. A dense cloud obscured the sun and ruined the observation - at the township of Walpole, which is 215 miles (342 kilometres) from the Western Australian capital, Perth.
In fact, a group of amateur astronomers had the best view of the eclipse. They chartered an aircraft and followed the sun's path over the Indian Ocean.
The eclipse lasted six minutes and it had a stunning effect on the area's wildlife. As the sky went dark, birds became silent and the sounds of the night took over. The temperature dropped dramatically - and this phenomenon was measured, with the assistance of two Terrier Sandhawk rockets, launched from Walpole. The nose cones contained delicate equipment, including special cameras.
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes through a point on - or very close to - a direct line between the sun and the earth. Every year, there are at least two solar eclipses, and there can be as many as five.
This year there will be two solar and another two lunar eclipses.