A total solar eclipse in an astronomer's paradise

You Will Be Able To See The Solar Eclipse. Credit PA

You Will Be Able To See The Solar Eclipse. Credit PA

The 200-km strip of totality starts near La Serena in Chile and ends south of Buenos Aires in Argentina.

The eclipse is expected to reach totality around 3:38 p.m. CST, ending at 3:44 p.m. CST.

People across the South Pacific can have a unique experience with the upcoming total solar eclipse.

Some of the world's brightest minds in astronomy have gathered at the Chilean Andes ahead of the coming solar eclipse on Tuesday.

A partial eclipse will be visible in neighbouring countries including Uruguay, Paraguay, Ecuador, and Brazil.

Because of how remote this total eclipse will be, it's a sure bet that this one won't attract almost the attention or the media coverage that the 2017 eclipse had. Only from Chile and Argentina people will be able to see the total solar eclipse.

Apart from being an absolute visual delight for the sky watchers and the photographers, a Total Solar Eclipse is also an important event for the science community since it presents a ideal opportunity to analyze the Sun and its related factors under conditions that are not possible during other time.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Earth and sun, blocking the sun's rays to the observer on the ground.

During totality, it is safe to view a solar eclipse. While the eclipse will not be visible from India, enthusiasts have a number of streaming options to not miss the same.

For just 2 minutes and 53 seconds, Oeno Island in the Pacific Ocean will also witness the total solar eclipse. Its live stream will begin at 12:15pm PST (12:45am IST on Wednesday).

If you are lucky enough to be in the path of the eclipse on Tuesday, remember not to look at it directly. There will also be several partial and annular solar eclipses during the next five years. And around the world, the rest of us can relive the excitement of the 2017 event with a great view online.

At the same time, an instant before and after the totality, a bright flash of the last and first sunrays around the Moon-covered solar disk will follow, - the so-called Diamond Ring.

Wearing specially-designed sun filters or using pinhole viewers are the safest ways to view the eclipse. If you don't, you will suffer long-term or even permanent damage to your vision.

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