Thousands of tourists and scientists gathered on Easter Island off the coast of South America to watch the total solar eclipse.
The eclipse started 440 miles south-east of Tonga, and reached Easter Island a few hours later.
Some forecasters predicted that cloudy skies might block a proper view of the eclipse - but at the right time, the stormy weather turned into bright sunshine.
The eclipse followed a long path over the South Pacific. The longest time was five minutes and 20 seconds over the sea.
A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, blocking its rays and casting a shadow. Here are the different stages as it happened!
This person is wearing glasses to protect their eyes - it can harm your eyes to look directly at an eclipse. The next total solar eclipse is expected in November 2012.