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VIDEO: Watch the total solar eclipse in Australia that attracted many US tourists

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Telescopic cameras and computer equipment are set up on Palm Cove beach in preparation to run a live stream via NASA of the total solar eclipse on November 13, 2012 in Cairns, Australia. Thousands of eclipse-watchers have gathered in part of North Queensland to enjoy the solar eclipse, the first in Australia in a decade. Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

Tens of thousands of people have gathered in Northern Australia Tuesday to see the first total solar eclipse in a decade.

The moon blocked out all the light at 12:30 p.m PST, and total darkness only lasted a couple of minutes. A partial solar eclipse was also be visible in parts of New Zealand, Chile and Antarctica.

New Yorker Rick Brown organized a trip for dozens of people from New York to Queensland, Australia just to catch the eclipse.

"By trade, I'm a commodities trader, but in my past time, I chase eclipses," said Brown. 

Saying that it's a past time is a bit of an understatement. Rick has traveled to Asia, the Middle East and Africa in search of solar eclipses. He even chartered his own jet with a group of people to follow the path of an eclipse.

"We got an A-319 Airbus. We took the seats out of the left side of the airplane so that people could get down and sit on the floor and set up their telescopes and binoculars and cameras and videos and recorders and all types of stuff," said Brown. "But, effectively, we were moving at about 700kph and that slowed the shadow for us, so we were able to get a nine-minute-and-23-second eclipse out of that."

Watch archived video of the eclipse:

This story has been updated.

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