If you’ve still got leftover solar eclipse fever from 2017, don’t fret: There’s another one coming soon.
But there’s a catch – you’ll have to hop on a plane to see it.
On July 2, just two months from Thursday, a total eclipse of the sun will be visible in portions of South America. The path of the eclipse, which moves from west to east, “starts in the South Pacific near Pitcairn Island and ends over land, having touched just two countries: Chile and Argentina,” according to Astronomy magazine.
Specifically, the sun will disappear along a narrow track that stretches from Chile’s coast to just south of Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital and largest city.
“Totality will first make landfall in South America on the coast of Chile near the city of La Serena at 4:39 p.m. on July 2,” Space.com said.
That’s about 250 miles north of Santiago, Chile’s capital and largest city. Santiago residents will have to drive over 5 hours north to see the spectacle, Astronomy magazine said.
After that, the moon’s shadow will cross the Andes Mountains and graze the city of San Juan, Argentina.
Then, as the eclipse moves east across Argentina, it will slide just south of the cities of Cordoba and Buenos Aires before heading back out to the Atlantic Ocean just before sunset at 5:40 p.m.
Though the total eclipse will be visible in the southern suburbs of Buenos Aires, the sun will be setting and thus very close to the horizon.
As a refresher, during a total solar eclipse, the moon blocks the sun, turning day to an eerie twilight.
If you do venture down to South America, keep this in mind: Never look directly at the sun, except during the brief moments of totality. NASA said the only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses.
It’s the Earth’s first total solar eclipse “since the Great American Total Eclipse of 2017,” according to EclipseWise.com.
Here in the U.S., the next total solar eclipse will be on April 8, 2024, and it will be visible from Texas to New England. Big U.S. and Canadian cities in the path of the 2024 eclipse include Austin, Dallas, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Buffalo and Montreal.
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