Monday brings the only total solar eclipse of the year to people in Chile and Argentina as shooting stars fill the night sky. Fortunately, two stunning total solar eclipses are looming, but it is not all that is sweeping across South America and the Caribbean in the coming days and weeks. Look for today’s eclipse, which will return to South America from the southern tip of Chile, Argentina, Peru and Bolivia at around 2.30pm PDT (see photo above) on Monday, August 21, 2017 and 3.45pm on Tuesday, August 22, 2017.
Parts of Chile and Argentina will experience a total solar eclipse as the moon completely obscures the sun. Unfortunately, the solar eclipses are only watched over parts of South America, and relatively few people will be able to watch them live. The next total solar eclipse will also be visible from the southern tip of the continent on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, but this time a partial solar eclipse will only be visible from Chile, Argentina, Peru, Bolivia and Bolivia in the northern hemisphere.
Sky watchers in Villarrica, Chile, are surprised by a total solar eclipse on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, as the moon completely obscures the sun. It will take only 97 minutes for the eclipse to pass through the South American continent, and it will last an hour and a half. Skywatchers can look forward to the total solar eclipse from the southern tip of South America on Wednesday, July 26, 2018. The path to the totality of this eclipse will be visible not only from Chile, Argentina, Peru, Bolivia, and Bolivia in the northern hemisphere but also from Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Guatemala, Paraguay, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Panama, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Uruguay, and Panama.
Soon, astronomers waiting for a total solar eclipse to measure the solar corona may no longer be needed, but there may be some who want to see it for themselves. At some point, astronomers might no longer have to wait for total solar eclipses to measure the solar corona. Sometime in the future, astronomers may no longer need to wait for the total solar eclipse to measure the solar corona, but perhaps soon.
If you are lucky enough to observe this month’s total solar eclipse in person, you should practice proper solar eclipse observation and security. Looking directly at the sun is uncertain when the moon blocks its bright face, but this will only happen along the narrow path of totality. If you can observe the eclipse yourself, remember that it is absolutely necessary to use adequate eye protection during a partial solar eclipse. And if you watch the total solar eclipse safely in 2020, you can practice a real solar eclipse for the first time in more than a decade and observe safety. Send pictures and comments to space photo and any pictures or comments about your experiences you would like to share with Space.
Light pollution affects your ability to see the corona, which is easily visible during a total solar eclipse, and your ability to take pictures and astronomy. During the total eclipse, the moon will block the bright face of the sun to reveal its corona. If a lunar eclipse occurs while the Earth casts a shadow on the moon, a solar eclipse will follow, as the lunar satellite will then block the light of the sun.
Ring-shaped solar eclipses have narrower orbits and shorter duration than most, but the only part of a solar eclipse that can be seen safely without a filter is the short time of totality. At the time of the eclipse a total solar eclipse is possible since the moon covers the solar disk and creates a partial eclipse with a width of about 2 kilometers.
The second and final solar eclipse of 2020 will be the first in a series of total solar eclipses in the US, so mark your calendars. The second and final eclipse predicted for April 8, 2024, will not only be fully visible in North America, but it will also not be in the path of the eclipse. Although the eclipse will not take place in India during the day, it will be visible from the east coast of India and the west coast of South America. There will be a short period of time during which the moon will pass directly between the sun and the Earth’s disk, about 1 hour and 40 minutes.
Although a partial solar eclipse is visible, the total solar eclipse will not be visible in North America. Interestingly, there will also be the possibility to experience the totality on August 21, 2017, but it will only be visible in parts of Chile and Argentina, although large parts of South America can observe an artificial solar eclipse. The next total solar eclipse of the Earth will also pass through Chile or Argentina, albeit by a different route, on December 14, 2020.