It was a case of "now you see it, now you don't" for Perth skywatchers on Tuesday, as patchy cloud threatened a rare view of a solar eclipse.
The moon crept into the sun's path shortly after 1.00pm, covering 49 per cent of our closest star by 2.42pm. The celestial event was over by 4.00pm.
At least 200 people participated in a free "guerilla astronomy" event in Forrest Place, held by scientists from the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research. Passersby were invited to view the eclipse through telescopes fitted with special filters.
"For the first 20 minutes we had a really good view of the start of the eclipse, but then the cloud obscured our view," said outreach and education officer Kirsten Gottschalk.
"After an hour or so, the clouds broke and there were beautiful blue skies, giving us a very good view of the eclipse."
Astronomy educator Richard Tonello said the eclipse was only visible from the southern hemisphere, with a partial eclipse visible in parts of Australia and Indonesia.
"This type of eclipse is known as an annular eclipse, meaning the sun, the moon and the Earth are in a perfect line and the moon obscures the disc of the sun, but not completely," he said.
He said the most spectacular view, a "ring of fire", could only be seen in a small, uninhabited region of Antarctica.
Sydney skywatchers didn't fare much better, with cloud interrupting a live online feed by the Sydney Observatory.
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