PICTURES: The total solar eclipse as seen from South America

Posted by Christi Nortier on 3 July 2019

Large crowds in Chile and Argentina stopped to look towards the sky yesterday afternoon as day turned to night for a few minutes during a rare total solar eclipse.

This was the first total solar eclipse since that in 2017, which could be seen from the USA.

A total solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the sun and Earth, obstructing the view of the sun from those on Earth.

The eclipse yesterday was only visible to a few Southern Pacific islands and a portion of South America only 150 km wide over Chile and Argentina.

A partial eclipse could be seen from the rest of South America and Central America.

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Hoy viví mi primera experiencia fotografiando un eclipse. Fue difícil, el clima no ayudo y tuvimos que salir corriendo desde donde estábamos en busca de los rayos del sol. Y de repente lo visualizamos. Emocionante ver estos acontecimientos naturales en vivo y en directo. Hoy la tierra tuvo 8 minutos a oscuras y muchos lugares de Sudamérica fueron parte de ello ( en algunos lugares más que que otros, por ejemplo nosotras solo tuvimos un 92%, pero en fin fuimos testigos) Gracias @chiletravel , @bookingcars , @andesmarargentina y @miowifi.global por dejarnos vivir esto y compartirlo con todos. El mundo es increíble y aunque está no sea la clase de celebración que suelo documentar, fue para mí una celebración a la vida, a la naturaleza y a nuestra capacidad de dejarnos maravillar por ella. Dato sobre la foto: La foto la saqué mitad lente para ver eclipse, mitad nada. Hay filtros especiales, yo no lo tenía y tuve que improvisar porque me vine directo de Perú acá. Ver un eclipse ✅

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The eclipse was seen for the longest period over La Higuera in Chile and lasted 2.36 minutes. However, the uninhabited island of Oeno was plunged into daytime darkness for three minutes. The shortest view of the eclipse was seen from San Juan in Argentina – it lasted only seven seconds.

According to Al Jazeera, tourists streamed into the two countries in such vast numbers that hire cars sold out and hotels were fully booked. Some set up their telescopes, cameras and barbeques, on roadsides while others rushed to especially-built viewing platforms in town.

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Feature image: National Geographic en Español






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