Solar eclipse (20 photos)

The incredible beauty of the phenomenon, a total solar eclipse could be seen in the South Pacific on Sunday. The shadow of the moon with a diameter of 260 kilometers passed through Easter Island, French Polynesia, and also affected the south of Chile and Argentina.









South Pacific has become the main stage of a total solar eclipse July 11, 2010. Full phase of the eclipse could be seen only along a narrow track from the Cook Islands to southern Chile and Argentina, but a large part of South America could enjoy a partial solar eclipse. This photo was taken in Valparaiso, Chile. (Eliseo Fernandez / Reuters)




The girl uses a piece of X-ray film to cover his eyes on the total solar eclipse in Valparaiso. Her statue glows, imitating the famous statues on Easter Island. (Eliseo Fernandez / Reuters)




The moon covered the sun during a total solar eclipse on July 11th. The photo was taken on Easter Island. With total eclipse of the sun crown of light around the dark outline of the moon. (Martin Bernetti / AFP - Getty Images)




Girls with glasses watching a solar eclipse in Coquimbo, about 450 km north-west of Santiago. Scientists claim that during the observation of the solar eclipse, you must have some kind of eye protection. (Claudio Reyes / EPA)



Chileans look at the sky over the Pacific Ocean on the day of a solar eclipse in Coquimbo. (Claudio Reyes / EPA)



Tourists and scientists are preparing special equipment to observe the solar eclipse on Easter Island, not far from the historical moai statues erected by the ancient Rapa Nui people. (Martin Bernetti / AFP - Getty Images)



The total solar eclipse drew arch at 11 000 km over the Pacific, plunging remote islands into darkness, and the best viewpoint proved Easter Island. The sky turned black in broad daylight, when the moon passed in front of the sun, which is only a few seconds ago lit silent stone guards island. (EPA)



In this photo you can see the whole process of the solar eclipse on Easter Island. (KPA / ZUMA / REX FEATURES)



Fans of astrological phenomena began to flock here for two days to see the 41-second eclipse. (AFP / GETTY)



Tourists watching a solar eclipse on Easter Island. (KPA / ZUMA / REX FEATURES)



Tourist on Easter Island looks solar eclipse glasses. (AFP / GETTY)



Fans of astrology were not too lazy to drag with a special equipment to the island. (AFP / GETTY)



Tourist posing with sunglasses on arrival at the airport Mataveri to Easter Island, 3700 km from the coast of Chile. (AFP / GETTY)

Tourists gathered to see the solar eclipse. Some of tourists trying to even take a picture on your iPhone 4. (EPA)



Rapanuets working on restoring moai on Easter Island. (EPA)



In total, there are 997 Easter Island moai. (AFP / GETY)



Solar eclipse over the moai statues. (XINHUA / PHOTOSHOT)

People watching a solar eclipse in Papeete, Tahiti. (AFP / GETTY)



The moon passes between the sun and the earth during a total solar eclipse. This photo was taken at Valparaiso through a piece of x-ray. (REUTERS)



This photo was taken in El Calafate, southern Argentina. (XINHUA / PHOTOSHOT)

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