The sky became darker and darker on the 2nd of July as the solar eclipse occurred over Chile and Argentina, the only countries from which the total eclipse was visible.
People from all over the world came to see the event. The total solar eclipse commerced at the break of day when the moon started to pass in front of the sun obscuring the star. The shadow moved past a small island of the South Pacific and made its way to the west towards South America, more specific Argentina and Chile.
The solar eclipse could be seen on land at 3:22 p.m. in the city of La Serena. Over 20,000 people live in La Serena, but as a result of the total eclipse, 30,000 more people, some from other parts of Chile, some from other countries, came into the city to enjoy the show. Because of that, the local water company and gas stations were compelled to boost the supply of water and fuel, while health services and the police have ensured the protection of visitors and locals alike.
Total Solar Eclipse Visible From Chile And Argentina Gathered Thousands Of Stargazers And Scientists
A multitude of immense astronomical observatories covers Chile’s surface, the South American country having almost 50% of the world’s telescopes. Sebastián Piñera, the president of Chile, proudly talks about his country as „the world capital of astronomy… We are the eyes and senses of humanity to be able to look, observe and study the stars and the universe.”
The strongest astronomical observatories on the planet are in the north of Chile, which is notorious for its cloudless, bright skies. Astronomers felt more than fortunate to have the chance to observe and investigate a total solar eclipse up close as there usually are little occurrences of eclipses to pass right over the observatories. They had also estimated that temperatures dropped by 2 to 3 degrees Celsius (35.6 to 37.4 Fahrenheit).
People around Chile and Argentine brought their telescopes and protective eyeglasses to witness the extraordinary phenomenon and some even went to yoga and meditation sessions during the solar eclipse. The next total eclipse of the sun, that will once more pass over Chile and Argentina, is scheduled to happen on December 14th, 2020.
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