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Total Solar Eclipse 2012: Live Stream Of Celestial Event (PHOTOS, LIVE VIDEO, LIVE UPDATES)

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A total solar eclipse will occur on Tuesday afternoon, when the moon passes briefly between the Earth and the Sun, obscuring the solar rays and creating a 95-mile-wide shadow over parts of the Southern Hemisphere.

Only people who are lucky enough to be in northern Australia or somehow find themselves in the Indian or Pacific Oceans along the path of the eclipse -- where it will actually be early Wednesday morning -- will be able to see the celestial event.

But don't worry if you're not there in the flesh -- broadcasts of the eclipse will be available on several live streams and The Huffington Post is live blogging the event, bringing updates from astronomers and other experts, some of whom are on the ground in Australia.

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If you're lucky enough to witness the eclipse in person, be sure to avoid looking at the sun without the proper eye protection, as you could damage your eyes and vision.

Click here for more about the eclipse. And read the story from the Associated Press for more about some of the people who have traveled halfway around the world to witness the event.

Space.com reports that there won't be another total solar eclipse until 2015, so be sure to watch the event live here and follow the updates below. The live blog will start at 2:30 p.m. EST.

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Thanks for following along with us! Hope you enjoyed the eclipse:

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I just got down from the helicopter and we are downloading images now.

From 8000 feet, above the 7000-foot cloud deck, the corona plus the diamond rings were impressive. All too quick but magnificent to behold.

--Dr. Jay M. Pasachoff, director, Hopkins Observatory, Williams College

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Often people leave a total eclipse directly after totality, but partial eclipses are also rare events and should be enjoyed, even after totality has concluded. The temperature slowly comes back

to normal, the light comes back and shadows return to normal. Many people never notice that the small patches of light under trees are circular. During a partial eclipse, they become partial, as they are small images of the Sun coming through the openings between the leaves…they act as pinhole cameras actually. You can mimic the effect by crossing the fingers on each hand at right angles making a grid of tiny openings. There is lots to see and do even though totality is done.

—Dr. Kevin B. Marvel, executive officer of the American Astronomical Society

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Here's the couple that got engaged during the eclipse, for those of you who didn't see:

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Eclipsing systems have been instrumental in allowing us to study the properties of planets orbiting stars other than the Sun. Today's solar eclipse is a great reminder of the power that these eclipses have to inform us about the structures of both our own solar system and those of other planetary systems.

--Dr. Heather A. Knutson, associate professor of planetary sciences, Caltech

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One couple on our livestream had their anniversary today, and another became engaged during totality! How was it to propose during the eclipse? The groom-to-be says "I was a little distracted."

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During totality it is perfectly safe to view the eclipse directly…only when a piece of the Sun becomes visible again as the moon moves does one have to use a safety filter.

—Dr. Kevin B. Marvel, executive officer of the American Astronomical Society

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Eclipses are one way that astronomers have verified that there are planets around other stars. By watching the light dim from a distant star as a planet crosses in front of its host star (from our point of view) and doing some careful (but easy) mathematics, astronomers have found more than 3000 planets around other stars. Planets are common in our galaxy. Just a few weeks ago, astronomers identified a planet around the star closest to the Sun, Alpha Centauri.

—Dr. Kevin B. Marvel, executive officer of the American Astronomical Society

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Two minutes from totality, and we've now got a feed where we can actually see!

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Clouds cover the sun again minutes before totality. Crowd groans.

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Five Minutes To Totality!

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"One of the great adventures in trying to view solar eclipses, whether total or annular, is that they are only visible from a narrow track across the Earth's surface. Eclipse chasers have to make educated guesses about the best weather prospects, local infrastructure and visibility. Planning is everything…but you can't control the weather. Clouds can still interrupt your viewing, but that is part of the fun and adventure, you can never be sure you'll get to see the eclipse, despite the best laid plans."

—Dr. Kevin B. Marvel, executive officer of the American Astronomical Society

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Nearly 50,000 people watching live.

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The next total solar eclipse isn't until March 20, 2015.

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You're not supposed to get in the way of the sun. That's the moon's job. Go home, clouds.

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Starting to see the sun going behind the clouds. :(

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The moon is just starting to make contact with the sun!

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The earliest recorded solar eclipse occurred on 5 March 1223 BC, and was observed in what is now Syria.

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