Skywatchers in select locations will have two opportunities to view the 2019 solar eclipses. An eclipse is an event in which the moon passes between the Earth and the sun.
Types of Solar Eclipses
There are three types of solar eclipses where the main difference is the position of the moon.
A partial eclipse is when the moon moves in front of the sun and partially covers the solar disk.
During a total eclipse, the moon passes in front of the sun. The moon is closer to Earth making it look bigger and will fully cover the solar disk.
During an annular eclipse, the moon passes in front of the sun. The moon is farther away, so it does not completely block the solar disk. Instead, there is a “ring of fire” around the moon when it fully obscures the sun.
Dates of 2019 Solar Eclipse
A total eclipse will occur on July 2, 2019, in the South Pacific. The path of totality will cross over both Chile and Argentina with other areas only able to see a partial eclipse. The eclipse will begin at 12:55 p.m. EDT. Many places in Chile and Argentina are planning eclipse viewing parties and education events on eclipse day. The maximum totality for this eclipse is four minutes and 33 seconds.
The Elqui Valley in Chile is one of the most visited places in the North of Chile. The area has some of the clearest skies in the southern hemisphere and is home to a home to a dozen or so observatories in the summits of Tololo and Pachon Hills. Many of the observatories are offering eclipse day events.
An annular solar eclipse will occur on December 26, 2019. The eclipse can be seen from Arabia, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and Guam.
Mark these dates on your calendar so you can attend the 2019 solar eclipse!
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