The Only Total Solar Eclipse of 2020 …

As southern Chile and Argentina fell into darkness yesterday, thousands of people raised their heads to the sky to watch an eclipse lasting about two minutes.

Although stargazers in Chile are in danger of not being able to see the eclipse due to heavy rain, the natural phenomenon could be seen partially with the separation of the clouds at the last moment.

“It was a beautiful and unique event,” said 18-year-old Matias Tordecilla, one of the observers. We didn’t think we would see it because of the weather and clouds, but the weather cleared just in time. It was like a miracle, ”he says.

Traveling with his family for 10 hours to see the eclipse, Tordecilla said, “It’s not something you see only with your eyes; it’s also an event you feel with your heart, ”he adds.

This incident that took place yesterday is the second eclipse in Chile in the last 18 months.

13:00 local time yesterday, while Turkey time of 19: the eclipse occurred in 00 people gathered thousands of tourists and the locals have wait until the time the clouds.

“It gave me goosebumps,” says local resident Cinthia Vega.

Between Villa El Chocon and Piedra del Aguila villages in the Argentine state of Patagonia, several families and tourists have even camped in hopes of seeing the eclipse.

The eclipse was visible along a 90-kilometer-wide corridor from the Pacific coast in Chile to Argentina along the Andes.

In July 2019, about 300,000 people gathered in the Atacama desert in northern Chile, home to many observatories to see the previous eclipse.

How does a solar eclipse occur?

Solar eclipse is a natural phenomenon observed as a result of the Moon entering between the Earth and the Sun during its orbital motion, and thus the Moon partially or completely covering the Sun. For the eclipse to occur, the Moon must be in the new moon phase and in conjunction with the Sun with respect to the Earth, that is, the orbital plane must coincide with the orbital plane of the Earth around the Sun. Although the Moon revolves around the Earth about twelve times in a year, the Moon does not pass directly in front of the Sun every time, as a result of an angle of about five degrees between the orbital plane of the Moon and the orbital plane of the Earth, so this overlap occurs infrequently . Therefore, between two and five solar eclipses are observed a year. At most two of these can be total eclipse. A solar eclipse follows a narrow corridor on Earth. Therefore, a solar eclipse is a very rare event for any region.


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