EYE SEE: Blackwater’s Caden Mahon views the eclipse with special glasses.
EYE SEE: Blackwater’s Caden Mahon views the eclipse with special glasses. Meghan Kidd Emesoalareclipse

Eclipse glimpses stun gazers around the Central Highlands

ALL eyes were on the sky on Wednesday morning.

Residents around the Central Highlands - and the world - woke early to see the spectacular view of the Total Solar Eclipse.

Visible from the best spot in Cairns, central Queensland residents still had a great view of a partial eclipse from their doorsteps with 90% totality.

Blackwater State High School hosted a viewing party to witness the moon passing between the sun and the earth.

People were camped out on fold-out chairs with glasses, telescopes and even a welding mask or two, waiting for the best time at 6.48am - when the moon was closest to the centre - to see the scene.

Beaches, boat decks and hilltops were full of eclipse enthusiasts on the day, and along with an estimated 20 million people around the globe, many were seeing the event for the first time.

Tourism Queensland acting chief executive Leanne Coddington said the anticipation was high as scientists, astronomers and eclipse chasers checked their vantage spots for the event.

The next Total Solar Eclipse will occur in July, 2028.


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