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ARGENTINA | 28-06-2019 15:42

There will be a solar eclipse July 2: here is where to view it

The cosmic event will last around five minutes and Argentines will have an especially good view. There will be another eclipse in 2020.

There will be an eclipse July 2: here is where to view it 

The cosmic event will last around five minutes and Argentines will have an especially good view. There will be another eclipse in 2020. 

On July 2 there will be a solar eclipse visible from parts of the country as well as other locations on the continent and the south Pacific. There are certain parts of the country that will be able to see a full solar eclipse while from other parts, only a partial eclipse will be visible. The phenomenon will be repeated in 2020 and 2048. 

Solar eclipses occur when the moon passes between the sun and the earth, blocking the visibility of the sun. A total solar eclipse happens when the diameter of the moon appears larger than that of the sun, blocking it entirely. Though the moon is smaller than the sun, it is closer and thus appears larger. Total eclipses are more rare and can only be seen from specific angles. 

The eclipse can be seen from the following regions of Argentina in a belt running from east to west:

  • Centre of San Juan

  • South of La Rioja 

  • North of San Luis 

  • Centre de Córdoba 

  • South de Santa Fe 

  • North of Buenos Aires

The places that will be treated to a total eclipse are: 

  • Rodeo and Jachal, San Juan and the northern region of Gran San Juan

  • Chepes, La Rioja

  • Merlo, San Luis

  • Villa Dolores, Río Cuarto, Gral. Deheza, Gral Cabrera and La Carlota, in Córdoba 

  • Venado Tuerto and Murphy in Santa Fe

  • Junín and Rojas in Buenos Aires

“This is a unique event in a person’s life,” Cristian Giuppone of the Córdoba Observatory said. “It will last five minutes during which the surface of the sun will be covered and it will appear as if it is nighttime.”

He added that the next solar eclipse in 2020 will only last two minutes and the next after that will only happen in 2048, so it is best to catch the one this year. 

One should never observe an eclipse (or the sun for that matter) without adequate protective glasses as the sun’s rays can be harmful to your eyesight. 

For the best viewing experience, it is recommended that you find an elevated location facing northwest without obstructions. 

- TIMES/PERFIL


 

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