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A total solar eclipse in an astronomer's paradise

A total solar eclipse in an astronomer's paradise

Avid sky-watchers have flocked to Chile and Argentina to catch a glimpse of a rare celestial event - a total solar eclipse - which occurs when the Moon blocks out sunlight.

Since the Solar Eclipse will best be seen from Chile and Argentina, it has been dubbed as the 2019 American Total Solar Eclipse.

A partial eclipse will be visible in neighbouring countries including Uruguay, Paraguay, Ecuador, and Brazil.

Unfortunately, the Total Solar Eclipse will not be visible from the Northern Hemisphere this time around either.

From three observatories of the world the viewers situated in the optimal position can view the totality of the eclipse for about 4 minutes and 33 seconds.

A girl tests special binoculars to view tomorrow's total solar eclipse near Central Park in La Higuera, Chile, Monday, July 1, 2019.

The eclipse began at 13:01 (17:01 GMT) in the Pacific Ocean, and a 95 mile (150 kilometer)-wide band of total darkness reached Chile's coast at 4:38 pm (20:38 GMT), before crossing into southeastern Argentina and into the wastes of the South Atlantic.

Tens of thousands of tourists and locals gathered in northern Chile to watch the eclipse darken the Sun.

Before the 2017 occasion, a solar eclipse had not been noticeable over the entire USA since 1918.

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People are advised not to glare with bare eyes towards the sky during the solar eclipse be it morning or night as it may affect their sight.

Even regular sunglasses or binoculars are not adequate protection.

Tuesday's total solar eclipse was the first since 2017's great American eclipse.

"The sun is a ball of gas. when it's very dense, you can see light coming out, but there is a lot of sun behind, which is called the sun's corona, so the corona stays visible when the moon is blocking the sun", he said. This happens about once every 18 months, according to NASA.

Pinera said Chile was "the capital of the world in terms of astronomy, we are the eyes and the senses of humanity, being able to look, observe and study the stars and the Universe". Locations beneath it will experience a partial eclipse. "It's never a good idea to view the eclipse without the protection".

Two types of shadow are cast onto the Earth by an eclipse; the umbra and the penumbra.

"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.

Astronomers Without Borders sent recycled eclipse glasses from around the United States to different schools, astronomy clubs and organizations in South America.