This image integrates lots of direct exposures of various periods required to expose elements of the widely-viewed overall solar eclipse of 21 August 2017, from the Moon, to the solar corona. Image credit: ESO/P. Horalek/ Solar Winds Sherpas Task.

You could not buy up a geekier solar eclipse from the universes. Next Tuesday on July 2 nd, the second of 3 eclipse seasons starts for 2019, with the only overall solar eclipse of the year covering the southern suggestion of South America, consisting of the countries of Chile and Argentina. As an extra-special part of the phenomenon, nevertheless, the course of totality for the eclipse passes right over the La Silla observatory complex in the Atacama Desert.

The Scenarios for the Eclipse


You may keep in mind the last time that the umbral shadow of the Moon beautified the surface area of the Earth, in the Terrific American Eclipse of August 21 st, 2017 crossing the United States. Experienced by millions, I question the number of brand-new umbraphiles were minted on that day, that ended up being devoted enough as eclipse chasers to head down to South America next week. Totality for this one has a good length of an optimum period of 4 minutes, 33 seconds as the shadow crosses over the mid-Pacific.

The July second eclipse, in movement. Credit: NASA/GSFC/A. T. Sinclair.

This specific eclipse is member 58 of the 82 eclipses in saros 127, which began method back in 991 ADVERTISEMENT and ends on March 21 st,2452 This specific saros will stop producing overall solar eclipses at the end of this century, with the last one off the Antarctic coast on– mark your calendars– August 15 th,2091 Another member of this exact same saros series (number 51) crossed South America on April 16 th1893, early in the age of eclipse photography. Astronomer John Martin Schaeberle found an uncommon comet near the Sun throughout this eclipse.

An image from the 1893 eclipse. Public Domain image.

Totality Timeline

Partial stages for the eclipse start at 16: 55 Universal Time (UT) and totality starts when the umbra of the Moon touches down 1,000 kilometers northeast of New Zealand at 18: 01 UT. The shadow then races throughout the Pacific, threading its method in between the Pitcairn Islands, prior to lastly making landfall 300 kilometers north of Santiago, the capital of Chile at about 20: 38 UT. The significant climax for the eclipse then concludes as the shadow sweeps throughout the Andes Mountains into Argentina and south of Cordoba and the big city of Buenos Aires (population: 2.9 million) for a great end to totality nearing sundown.

This is, for the many part, a remote one, though numerous cruise liner will more than likely fulfill the shadow of the Moon at sea. Partial stages will cover all of South America other than the northern most part, in addition to the southern coast of Central America. Some fantastic websites around the area to capture the partial solar eclipse (with optimum obscuration and time of optimum partial stage) consist of: Easter Island (75%, 19: 21 UT), the Galapagos Islands (35%, 20: 14 UT), Machu Picchu (50%, 20: 45 UT), Lake Titicaca (65%, 20: 45 UT) and the grand old Quito observatory in Ecuador (30%, 20: 35 UT).

Never ever look straight at the Sun throughout the partial stages of a solar eclipse, and ensure to utilize glasses with the correct ISO 12312 -2 ranking

Totality at La Silla takes place at around 20: 38 UT, with the Sun 15 degrees high in the sky. And while the big instruments and the website will stay inactive, the European Southern Observatory will host a public seeing occasion, total with a live webcast including the eclipse for the rest people stranded beyond the course of totality.

The view of totality at La Silla at mid-eclipse. Credit: Stellarium.

A little set of clinical observations will be performed throughout the eclipse on-site too.

Who’s going? Today, I understand of numerous folks ( @Cosmic_Carol, @ishysan, @olidax and @Pmsutter) making their method to La Silla.

And the primary subject of discussion post-totality is constantly: “when’s the next one?” Well, this eclipse season is book-ended by a partial lunar eclipse on July 16 th preferring Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. The next solar eclipse is an annular crossing Southeast Asia on December 26 th,2019 And you do not need to wait up until April 8 th2024 to see totality when again, as the next overall solar eclipse takes place on December 14 th, 2020 covering South Pacific, the southern suggestion of South America and the South Atlantic.

Let eclipse season start!