ECLIPSE chasers knew for decades the exact moment when the moon would pass directly in front of the sun and cast a shadow on far north Queensland on Wednesday morning.
But minutes before the total solar eclipse, a view of the rare celestial event was threatened by a less predictable earthly phenomenon - the weather. As the sun emerged above the horizon, thick coastal cloud - typical in the tropics - refused to budge.
At Palm Cove, north of Cairns, thousands of beach-side viewers seemed perplexed - do you put on protective solar glasses when there is no sun?
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