Total Solar Eclipse 2019

Only a narrow zone in Chile and Argentina will witness totality before sunset- weather permitting

Only a narrow zone in Chile and Argentina will witness totality before sunset- weather permitting

The Pacific Ocean, Chile and Argentina will get a great look at a total solar eclipse on Tuesday, July 2.

It will be the first total solar eclipse since August 2017, when the moon passed between the earth and the sun over parts of the United States.

For those of us that are in India, there's no reason to put yourself through all the trouble of investing in protective eclipse-watching gear.

After the current year's occasion, the next total solar eclipse will be obvious on December 14, 2020, over parts of South America, as per NASA. They will be streaming it live.

A total solar eclipse or Surya Grahan will be visible in the skies on July 2, 2019.

The full eclipse will be visible at 6.01pm UTC (7.01pm BST), with the maximum eclipse peaking at 7.22pm UTC (8.22pm BST), according to timeanddate.com.

It's the first time in 13 years South America has experienced a total solar eclipse, two years after a solar eclipse went coast-to-coast over the US.

Children test on their special glasses for tomorrow's total solar eclipse at Pedro Pablo Munoz school in La Higuera, Chile, Monday, July 1, 2019.

A one-hour program with live commentary in English, from 4 to 5 p.m. Space.com reports that astrophysicist and guitarist Brian May of the band Queen, Microsoft's billionaire founder Bill Gates, former USA president Bill Clinton and Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson are a few of the celebrities who are attending the total solar eclipse in Chile on July 2.

Depending on where you are, the spectacle could last up to four minutes and three seconds, the space agency said. Millions of people in those nations will experience the eerie midday darkness of a total eclipse, weather permitting.

There are four types of solar eclipses: partial, annular, total and hybrid. However, a partial eclipse may be seen in other parts of South America, including Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador.

Why the world is highly excited about the July 2 solar eclipse A total solar eclipse will happen when the sun, moon and earth come in a straight line in such a fashion that the moon's position will block the sun's rays falling on the earth. Apart from the website, you can also watch the live broadcast on the Exploratorium's dedicated solar eclipse Android and iOS apps. It will likely stop just short of Uruguay.

Though first-hand viewing is limited, different observatories such as the Cerro Tololo Observatory and La Silla Observatory, both in Chile, will have a live webcast of the eclipse.

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