On Tuesday, a total solar eclipse stretched across South America. The path of totality, where the moon visibly blocks the sun, spanned parts of Chile and Argentina. Outside the path of totality, a partial solar eclipse was visible.
The umbral shadow — the area in which the sun will appear completely covered by the moon — will pass over the Pacific Ocean, Chile and Argentina, according to NASA.
Depending on where you are, the spectacle could last up to four minutes and three seconds, the space agency said.
The total solar eclipse appeared in the sky over the city of La Serena, Chile, at 4:38 p.m. ET and travel across the Andes mountain range before ending near Buenos Aires, Argentina, at 4:44 p.m. ET.
“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 almost two years ago now, and people are still talking about it as the greatest celestial event of their lifetimes. That event has had a lasting effect that has heightened excitement for many of these to come.”
But this eclipse won’t be easy to spot as the 2017 eclipse, which moved diagonally from west to east across North America.
“The 2019 South American solar eclipse is not an easy event to capture,” said Paul Cox, Slooh’s chief astronomical officer. “Unlike the 2017 eclipse, and except for a tiny uninhabited South Pacific island, the path of totality — the 90-mile wide path of the Moon’s umbral shadow — only makes landfall across a narrow stretch of Chile and Argentina. Having raced across the Pacific Ocean at over 6,000 mph, by the time the Moon’s shadow reaches the west coast of Chile, the Sun will be low to the horizon, with the partial eclipse phases occurring just as the Sun is setting.”
If you missed Tuesday’s eclipse and you’re an eclipse chaser who doesn’t mind globetrotting, you can also catch these total solar eclipses around the world in the coming years:
- 2020: South Pacific, Chile, Argentina, South Atlantic
- 2021: Antarctica
- 2024: North America
- 2026: the Arctic, Greenland, Iceland, Spain
- 2027: Morocco, Spain, Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Somalia
- 2028: Australia, New Zealand
- 2030: Botswana, South Africa, Australia