Published: Tue, July 02, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

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

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

Along with Argentina and Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay will experience a partial solar eclipse, as well as parts of Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela and Panama, according to NASA. We've rounded up the details below, including start times (all times listed are in EDT). 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.

However, as the moon reveals the sun, NASA said, people may be caught off guard, exposing their eyes to possible damage from the sun's UV rays.

This Tuesday, Earth will again find itself the backdrop of the Moon's shadow, but this time, basking in the lunar umbra won't be so easy. Annular eclipses are when the moon partially blocks the sun.

Where can I see it?

Thousands of tourists from all over the world are flocking to Chile and Argentina, where the eclipse is expected to pass by in the afternoon. This will mark the beginning of the partial phase of the eclipse.

Unfortunately, this means the United Kingdom will be completely left out. That camp is located just northeast of La Serena, the first city in South America that will see totality.

The starting point of the eclipse will be from 4,000 km east-northeast of Wellington, New Zealand, from where it will make the second landfall reaching central Chile, reported Space.com.

Eclipses also happen when Mercury or Venus appears to cross the sun.

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The solar eclipse's trajectory.

Tomorrow (July 2), a dramatic total solar eclipse - the only one to take place during 2019 - will darken skies over South America, providing viewers with a spectacular view of the sun as the moon crosses in front of it and casts its shadow on the ground below.

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).

The eclipse will trace a path of totality (area of total darkening) over a narrow swath of the South Pacific, and then over land across Chile and Argentina.

When is the total solar eclipse?

For those of us that are in India, there's no reason to put yourself through all the trouble of investing in protective eclipse-watching gear. So go see a total solar eclipse.

The last total eclipse that took place was in the year 2017.

Robert Downey Jr., who stars in the "Iron Man" movies, and "Captain America" actor Chris Evans are also rumored to be in the area for the eclipse, but their presence here has not yet been confirmed.

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