Day off to view partial eclipse

00:03, Nov 14 2012
Partial Eclipse
BIG MOMENT: Children at Hamilton Obervatory viewinG today’s partial eclipse. From left to right, Lara Skinner, Mazoe Skinner, 7, and Leandra Moore, 5.
Partial Eclipse
The eclipse - caused when the moon passes directly between Earth and the sun - was visible around most parts of New Zealand.
Partial Eclipse
The eclipse - caused when the moon passes directly between Earth and the sun - was visible around most parts of New Zealand.
Partial Eclipse
Students at Waikato Diocesan School for Girls check out the eclipse.
Partial Eclipse
L-R Nicole Pearks, Joanna Stewart, Rebecca Moss and Emily Donderwinkel.

About 20 people made the effort to go to Hamilton Observatory to check out today's partial eclipse.

Some had taken the day off work while at least two parents spoken to had taken their children out of school to view the event.

The eclipse - caused when the moon passes directly between Earth and the sun - was visible around most parts of New Zealand, with those further north able to see more of the sun covered by the moon.

In the Waikato cloud partly obscured the view at times.

At the observatory,  people took turns looking into a telescope and looking through special viewers.

Meike Raasche says she's an ''utter fanatic'' of eclipses and has even been to Africa to see them. She pulled her two daughters out of school today to see it.

''It's exciting because we've never seen one before,'' said one of them, Lara Skinner, 9.

Kym Moore pulled her five-year-old duaghter Leandra out of school today.

''My daughter is really into space and we came out here a couple of weeks ago to look at the Moon and Mars and I promised we'd come to the next event.'' 

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