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Spectacular solar eclipse in Southern Chile

publicado a la‎(s)‎ 1 dic 2020, 4:51 por Plataforma Sites Dgac
On Monday, December 14, 2020, the next great astronomical show will take place that will feature South America and, in particular, the south of Chile and Argentina.
The total solar eclipse on December 14, 2020, will be visible from several locations in Southern Chile in full around 1:00 p.m.

The map shows the area where the eclipse will be most visible in the Chilean territory and includes cities such as Temuco, Pucón, Valdivia, Puerto Saavedra, Villarrica, Curarrehue, Teodoro Schmidt, Carahue, Loncoche, Lican Ray and Nueva Imperial, among others.

On Monday, December 14, 2020, the next great astronomical show will take place and it will feature South America and, in particular, the south of Chile and Argentina.

It will be a solar eclipse, which occurs when the Moon's orbit makes it interpose itself between the Earth and the Sun. As the Moon and the Sun reach similar apparent diameters to the observer from the ground, it appears as if the Moon completely cover the Sun, "eclipsing" it.

The phenomenon - which was visible from Chile for the last time on July 2, 2019 from the Atacama and Coquimbo regions and was particularly noticeable from cities such as La Serena, Coquimbo and other towns in the area - will begin around 11:30, local time, and will be visible in full at around 1:00 p.m.

The darkness will begin in the Pacific Ocean, two thousand kilometers northeast of Papeete, in French Polynesia, to later pass 650 kilometers from Easter Island.
 
Then, the partial eclipse will begin at 11:37 a.m. in Mocha Island and then the shadow will be projected to the mainland near Lake Budi, in Puerto Saavedra.
 
There it will be a territorial strip where the eclipse will have greater visibility, which will cover several cities such as Pucón, Villarrica, Caburgua and Curarrehue, among other locations. Later, the strip of darkness will pass through Argentina, where the day will turn into night in the provinces of Neuquén and Río Negro.
 
Privileged areas
 
The eclipse will be visible from much of South America, from a small territory in Africa and in areas of the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.
 
From the Chilean territory, the areas where the phenomenon will be most visible are the regions of La Araucanía and Los Ríos, where the total eclipse will be visible in between 90 and 100 percent.
 
The cone of darkness will be a strip of approximately 110 kilometers and will include cities in the Region of La Araucanía such as Puerto Saavedra, Teodoro Schmidt, Carahue, Nueva Imperial, Freire, Pitrufquén, Gorbea, Loncoche, Pucón, Lican Ray and Villarrica.
 
In Temuco, the event could be observed both partially and totally, depending on the sector of the city in which the observer is located.
 
In the capital, Santiago, the phenomenon will reach 79 percent visibility and in Concepción, in the Biobío Region, 94 percent.
 
To watch the astronomical spectacle safely, experts recommend wearing glasses that comply with the ISO 12312-2 standard that are less than three years old, that are in good condition and have been purchased in the established trade.
 
Homemade filters, such as x-rays, smoked glass, or developed photographic films won’t work and their use is not recommended, because if a person uses them to observe the eclipse, they could suffer from eye damage.

Sources: Teletrece and Meganoticias.
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