On December 14, a unique phenomenon will begin, and the whole world will turn its attention to the provinces of Río Negro and Neuquén, a region where a solar eclipse is expected. The event will start exactly at 11:45 and the climax is expected at 13:10. To enjoy this event, you will need appropriate glasses to avoid vision damage.
Comahue National University reported that it will perform surgery in the coming days so that the population can provide appropriate glasses so that they can safely enjoy the eclipse. This opportunity was made possible by a donation from the NGO Astrónomos sin Fronteras, which was processed by Dr. Beatriz García.
The first delivery will be in the city of Neuquén Capital on Tuesday, December 1 from 9:30 a.m. at UNCo headquarters. On Thursday, December 3, they will continue to be at the San Martín de Neuquén monument from 9:30 a.m., and on Friday, December 4, from 10 a.m., they will move to the center of Cipolletti, in San Martín Square.
From the communication area of the university they said that these lenses will be delivered free of charge.
A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, completely or partially obscuring the Sun’s disk to the viewer on Earth.
The phenomenon can be assessed only directly, completely and without danger to vision, with special glasses, prepared for this purpose. Any other mechanism, even the use of a welding mask visor, can have its drawbacks. You can’t use X-rays in any way, or some kind of CD, or the usual sunglasses, even putting a few lenses together to make a wider fence for ultraviolet and infrared rays. This is completely contraindicated.
This was recalled yesterday by amateur astronomer Denis Martínez, a Cipoleec who has been living in Las Grutas for a few days. Insiders said the only safe alternative is to look directly into the sun at an eclipse with special goggles for this type of event. He indicated that its use should be limited to just a few seconds, and never during the entire event. This is because strong sunlight can always filter a little and can damage vision at very long exposures.
A phenomenon that attracts the attention of the whole world
You can enjoy the solar eclipse on the 14th. December from Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay and neighboring oceans. The Patagonia of Argentina, especially the provinces of Neuquén and Río Negro, will be the place where the longest shadow time of this total solar eclipse will occur, lasting 2 minutes.
It will be fully seen in the belt that runs, from west to east, through the central zone of the provinces of Neuquén and Río Negro, more precisely in the mountain towns of Aluminé and Junín de los Andes, in Las Coloradas and Piedra del Águila (center of the province of Neuquén); in El Cuy, Sierra Colorado and Valcheta (on the southern line of the province of Río Negro); and in San Antonio, Las Grutas, and El Cóndor, located on the Atlantic coast of Rio Negro.
On that day at 11:45 a.m., the Moon will slowly begin to obscure the Sun. You will see a black circular notch getting bigger as time goes on. It is expected that at approximately 13:10 the Moon will reach the maximum coverage of the Sun, ie 97% in the area of the Upper Valley where the eclipse will be partial. In the total area, which is a 90-kilometer-wide strip that crosses the provinces of Río Negro and Neuquén between central and south, the coverage of the Sun will be total, and those in the center of the strip will observe an eclipse with a maximum duration of about 2 minutes and 10 seconds.
As the ambient light will be greatly reduced, many stars and the planets Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, and Saturn will be visible; and also notice that the temperature drops.