A total solar eclipse is passing over South America: What to know

A total solar eclipse is passing over South America: What to know

A total solar eclipse is passing over South America: What to know

NASA predicts the eclipse's path of totality will fall over Chile and Argentina. Millions of people in those nations will experience the eerie midday darkness of a total eclipse, weather permitting.

The celestial event will be more hard to witness than the 2017 eclipse that was visible in the U.S., since the path of totality is limited to a narrow strip of land in South America and occurs late in the afternoon. The best way to safely watch a total solar eclipse is to wear protective eclipse glasses or to project an image of the eclipsed Sun by using a projector. You can likely find solar eclipse glasses at your local tienda if you're in the area, but NASA recommends checking to see that they're compliant with the ISO 12312-2 worldwide safety standard and that they're not scratched or damaged. The Sun's disk is covered by the moon. It does so first with a handsome "diamond ring" as the last tiny crack of sunshine can be seen through the valleys of the moon. It's a view that lasts only a few minutes before sunlight begins to stream through the valleys of the moon on its opposite side, causing another diamond ring that heralds the end of the spectacle. On July 2, totality will sweep across Earth from 6:01 p.m. UT (Universal Time) until 8:45 p.m. UT, though of that two-hour-and-44-minute event only the final seven minutes occur over South America.

Watching a solar eclipse with naked eyes can be harmful.

As per latest reports, it will be first seen over Oeno Island, a British territory in the South Pacific Ocean at 10:24 local time (9:54 PM IST). Though, the Surya Grahan will be visible during sunset from a thin bind that passes the South Pacific Ocean and South America across the Andes, along with parts of Chile and Argentina.

Solar eclipses help scientists study the solar corona: a sheath of hot gases that extends thousands of miles out from the sun's surface.

The total solar eclipse, on the other hand, is the complete blocking of the moon of the sun.

Both Argentina and Chile will experience a total solar eclipse on Tuesday, July 2, in a breathtaking natural event which is expected to last a total of four minutes and 33 seconds.

When is the total solar eclipse?

Totality begins in La Serena at 4:38 p.m. local time.

When is the next eclipse?

The next - on 14 December 2020 - will pass over Chile's highly scenic lakes region before swooping east into Argentina. It will likely stop just short of Uruguay.

Water: One should also avoid drinking water during the solar eclipse.

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