Solar eclipse plunges Chile into darkness

Saul Bowman
July 4, 2019

"The July 2nd eclipse is the first total solar eclipse since the transcontinental total solar eclipse in summer of 2017", said Paige Godfrey in a statement, astrophysicist at the Slooh Community Observatory which has a location in Chile."That was nearly two years ago now, and people are still talking about it as the greatest celestial event of their lifetimes".

Portions of South America will encounter the first 2019 total solar eclipse since 2017 on Tuesday.

The eclipse began over the South Pacific east of New Zealand as the Moon moved in between Earth and Sun, completely blocking the latter's light in what is known as a total solar eclipse.

Solar eclipse takes place when Moon comes in between the Sun and Earth.

The eclipse will be visible in its totality in a narrow 70-mile radius from La Serena, Chile, to Buenos Aires, Argentina, between 4:38 p.m. and 4:44 p.m. ET.

Check out some of the stunning shots of the total solar eclipse here!

In Chile, the solar eclipse will be visible in many regions, however, some places like Coquimbo and Atacama will be treated to the best view. On this path, the moon will extinguish sunlight for as much four minutes and 33 seconds. Apart from the website, you can also watch the live broadcast on the Exploratorium's dedicated solar eclipse Android and iOS apps.

Of course, our region was a hotspot for the 2017 eclipse because it was the site of the "point of greatest duration".

Those who are in the path of the Total Solar Eclipse will be able to see it from 6.01pm UTC (7.01pm BST).

Even regular sunglasses or binoculars are not adequate protection. The duration of total solar eclipses most often does not exceed 7.5 minutes, and partial (large phase) - 2 hours. The program will begin at 3.15 p.m. EDT and viewers are invited to ask questions to a panel of experts using the Twitter hashtag #Slooh.

In addition, you should be more careful on the roads and in everyday life, because during eclipses often the likelihood of accidents increases, not to eat or drink anything that can have a detrimental effect on the body (for example, alcohol), and to show more understanding and love for loved ones.

Looking directly at the Sun can permanently damage your eyes. The next solar eclipse will be visible over South America will appear on December 14, 2020.

Above: The eclipse as seen from the European Space Agency's La Silla Observatory in Chile.

"We hope this milestone will transform (our town) into a tourist attraction, so that visitors can come to La Higuera and take a picture where there once was a total sun eclipse", Mayor Yerko Galleguillos said.

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