The sky is darkening over Gladstone as the moon passes in front of the sun.
The sky is darkening over Gladstone as the moon passes in front of the sun. Brenda Strong

Skies darken as partial eclipse creeps across Gladstone

THE sky darkened slightly over Gladstone as today's partial solar eclipse crept across town.

A total eclipse was experienced in Cairns, while regions along the east coast experienced the partial eclipse until after 7am, giving regions a bit of a twilight feel.

Between 50,000 and 60,000 scientists, astronomers, eclipse chasers, their friends and families from around the world headed to Cairns to the see the eclipse, the first for Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef since 710AD, according to Tourism Queensland's acting CEO Leanne Coddington.

The eclipse began in Gladstone around 5.53am, with the maximum eclipse at 6.51am and normal conditions returning by around 7.55am.

Observer photographer Brenda Strong took these great shots, making the sky darker on the camera so all the eclipse action could be seen. 

6.12am:

6.30am:

6.39am:

6.45am:

6.51am:

6.58am:

7am:

Brenda Strong

7.20am:

Brenda Strong


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