<p><strong>The sun is blotted from the sky over Queensland, <a href="http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/countries/australia-guide/">Australia</a>, during totality—when the moon completely obscures the <a href="http://science.nationalgeographic.com/science/space/solar-system/sun-article/">sun</a> during a <a href="http://science.nationalgeographic.com/science/space/solar-system/solar-eclipse-article/">solar eclipse</a>—just after dawn on Wednesday, local time. This week's eclipse was one of the 21st century's most remote, visible only to a lucky few across the southern Pacific Ocean and Australia. </strong></p><p>"The best place on land to see totality [was] along 62 miles [100 kilometers] of coastline on northeast Australia, overlooking the Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea," <a href="http://web.williams.edu/Astronomy/people/jpasachoff/">Jay Pasachoff</a>, an astronomer at Williams College in Massachusetts, told <a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/11/121112-total-solar-eclipse-how-to-watch-live-video-feed-space-science/">National Geographic News</a>. Anyone else would have had to have been on a ship.</p><p>(See <a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/01/photogalleries/100115-eclipse-ring-fire-annular-pictures/">"ring of fire" eclipse pictures</a>.)</p><p><em>—Brian Handwerk</em></p>

Burning Ring of Fire

The sun is blotted from the sky over Queensland, Australia, during totality—when the moon completely obscures the sun during a solar eclipse—just after dawn on Wednesday, local time. This week's eclipse was one of the 21st century's most remote, visible only to a lucky few across the southern Pacific Ocean and Australia.

"The best place on land to see totality [was] along 62 miles [100 kilometers] of coastline on northeast Australia, overlooking the Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea," Jay Pasachoff, an astronomer at Williams College in Massachusetts, told National Geographic News. Anyone else would have had to have been on a ship.

(See "ring of fire" eclipse pictures.)

—Brian Handwerk

Photograph courtesy AP Photo/Tourism Queensland

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