Professional and amateur astronomers gathered in northern Australia to view a rare total eclipse of the Sun on Wednesday.


Scientists from NASA were among those who flocked to the region, capturing video of the two-minute long solar eclipse. The region had not witnessed a solar eclipse since 1,300 years ago.

"During a solar eclipse one can see – using appropriate instruments to protect the eyes since you should never look at the sun directly – dim structures around the edges of the sun," NASA explained.

"These structures are the sun's atmosphere, the corona, which extends beyond the more easily seen surface, known as the photosphere."

Watch video, courtesy of NASA, below:

[Image via NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center]