Total Solar Eclipse to Cover Parts of South America in Darkness

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2019-07-02 15:33:48

Watch the total solar eclipse live in the video embedded above.

Parts of South America will be plunged into darkness Tuesday afternoon and evening during Earth’s only total solar eclipse of 2019.

It won’t be visible from the United States, but you can watch the total solar eclipse streaming live in a video embedded above between 4:38 p.m. ET and 4:44 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Totality is expected to last just over two minutes. No eye protection required.

The eclipse begins at 12:55 p.m. ET over the southern Pacific Ocean and the lunar shadow will enter South America near La Serena, Chile at 3:22 p.m ET. Totality begins in La Serena at 4:38 p.m. ET and will travel southeast, ending near Chascomus, Buenos Aires, Argentina at 4:44 p.m. ET. 

Droves of star gazers, scientists and celebrities like Richard Branson, Bill Gates and Bill Clinton are expected to be on hand in South America for the eclipse.

The last total eclipse was Aug. 21, 2017, over the United States. It was considered spectacular and known as the “Great American Solar Eclipse.” The next three total solar eclipses all take place in the southern hemisphere on Dec. 14, 2020, Dec. 21, 2021 and April 20, 2023.

The next total solar eclipse in the northern hemisphere will be April 8, 2024, with a very long path directly over the United States from Texas to New England. There will also be several partial and annular solar eclipses during the next five years.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Earth and sun, blocking the sun’s rays to the observer on the ground. The skies will turn dark, temperatures will drop and animals are known to act strangely.

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