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Photos Solar Eclipse 2019 Stuns South American Viewers

first_imgStay on target On Tuesday afternoon, the moon blocked the sun in South America and plunged a swath of the continent in darkness.Dubbed The Great South American Eclipse, millions of viewers watched the total solar eclipse, which appeared in the sky over the city of La Serena, Chile, at 4.38 p.m. ET and traveled across the Andes mountain range before ending near Buenos Aires, Argentina, at 4.44 p.m. ET.People watch the solar eclipse at La Silla European Southern Observatory (ESO) in La Higuera, Coquimbo Region, Chile, on July 2, 2019. (Photo Credit: Martin Bernetti / AFP / Getty Images)In La Serena, totality lasted one to two minutes.During totality, the sky turned a deep, dark blue and treated viewers to a jaw-dropping spectacle. South Americans took to social media to share images and footage of the eclipse, calling it “awesome” and “stunning.”(Photo Credit: Martin Bernetti / AFP / Getty Images)Satellite imagery shared by the National Weather Service showed a major hurricane (Hurricane Barbara) and the celestial phenomenon in one satellite loop.Ok, so we had to take a crack at showing this loop as well. Major Hurricane #Barbara and a total solar eclipse traversing the Pacific Ocean! Just wow… #arwx pic.twitter.com/LihilCzjU9— NWS Little Rock (@NWSLittleRock) July 2, 2019The South American eclipse of July 2, 2019 is first total solar eclipse since August 2017, generating excitement across the continent because it offered the opportunity to see pale tendrils of the sun’s atmosphere, or corona.Chileans watch the sky with special suits prior to the solar eclipse. (Photo Credit: Marcelo Hernandez / Getty Images)“We only get a few minutes to see the solar corona during an eclipse,” Ivo Saviane, an astronomer at the La Silla Observatory situated on the outskirts of the Chilean Atacama Desert, told the New York Times. “But this is a great chance to see the corona shoot ultrahot gas and study mechanisms like solar wind, which are still quite mysterious.”(Photo Credit: Martin Bernetti / AFP / Getty Images)(Photo Credit Martin Bernetti / AFP / Getty Images)Outside of this path, a partial solar eclipse was visible in Argentina and Chile, as well as Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay and parts of Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela and Panama, according to NASA.Tourists wait for the solar eclipse at La Silla European Southern Observatory (ESO), in La Higuera, Coquimbo Region, Chile, on July 2, 2019. (Photo Credit: Martin Bernetti / AFP / Getty Images)A tourist tries special glasses at La Silla European Southern Observatory. (Photo Credit: Martin Bernetti / AFP / Getty Images)The total solar eclipse on July 2, 2019 in Paiguano, Chile. (Photo Credit: Marcelo Hernandez / Getty Images)Want to be ready for the next eclipse? Here are the upcoming solar eclipses around the world in the next few years:2020: South Pacific, Chile, Argentina, South Atlantic2021: Antarctica2024: North America2026: the Arctic, Greenland, Iceland, Spain2027: Morocco, Spain, Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Somalia2028: Australia, New Zealand2030: Botswana, South Africa, AustraliaMore on Geek.com:Scientists’ Coronal Prediction of 2017 Total Solar Eclipse Nearly Spot OnThis Is the First-Ever Footage of a Solar EclipseNASA’s Curiosity Rover Captures Two Solar Eclipses on Mars Watch: First-Ever Footage of a Solar EclipseNASA’s Curiosity Rover Captures Two Solar Eclipses on Mars last_img read more