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Total solar eclipse 2019: Route, Map Overview, and Photo Guide



On July 2nd, the solar eclipse will pass through the South Pacific and parts of South America.

In parts of Chile and Argentina, observers will testify to the complete solar eclipse, in which the moon will block the sun from the sight – with the exception of its thin corona. In other parts of South America, the observers of the sky can see partial gloom, and the sun will look like the moon took a "bite" from the face.

Use this photo guide to find out where the eclipse will be visible and how it will look. If you are not in the darkness, be sure to check this webcast from various observatory on its path.

Related: Total Solar Eclipse 2019: Complete Guide

Visibility map

(Credit Image: NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio)

This map represents the way the shadow of the Moon will pass through the Earth's surface during the complete solar eclipse. Out of the total times this map shows the percentage of the sun's disk that will be covered by the moon at maximum partial degeneration.

Before the eclipse reaches South America, it will first pass some remote islands in the Pacific Ocean. The first place to see the whirlwind will be Oeno Island, which will experience a total of 2 minutes and 53 seconds in total starting at 10:24 am local time (1824 GMT). Totality will soon be missed by the Easter Island, where celestial viewers will see that the moon covers about 80 percent of the sun's disk.

The moment of the biggest eruption will occur at a point about 1,600 km southwest of Isla Isabella on the islands of Galapagos, where the total duration is incredible 4 minutes and 32,8 seconds. Unfortunately, this is happening through the open water, so unless there is an airplane or a boat pass, there will be no people to see it.

Animation for Eclipse

(Credit Image: NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio)

The animation of the complete solar eclipse on July 2 shows the way the shadow of the Moon will pass through the South Pacific and South America.

Totality in South America

(Credit Image: NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio)

A more detailed map shows the way of totality in Chile and Argentina. Here you can see the features including state borders, main roads and cities along the track. The shape of the umbrella or the inner part of the moonshadow is displayed at 3 minute intervals and marked by local time zones in its center.

Totality will make its first fall in South America near La Serena, Chile. The partial eclipse begins at 15.15. by local time (1915 GMT), and the total starts at 16:38 hours. by local time (2038 GMT). La Serena will experience a total of 2 minutes and 17 seconds.

From here, fogging will move south-east across Chile and Argentina before it disappears in the sunset south of Montevideo in Uruguay. Most of South America will see at least a partial eclipse, but the totality is only about 150 miles wide.

To find out the exact circumstances of a viewpoint from a location, see this interactive map timeanddate.com.

The Way of Totality in Chile

(Credit: ESO / P. Horálek / M. Druckmüller / P. Aniol / Z. Hoder / S. Habbal / L. Calçada)

This chart shows how the eclipse appears from different locations in Chile. Right is the artist's impression of totality above the Observatory La Silla, located north of La Serena in Chilean Atacama Desert.

The eclipse phases

(Pictured: ESO / P. Horálek / M. Druckmüller / P. Aniol / Z. Hoder / S. Habbal)

This timeline shows how and when the phases of the total solar eclipse will progress as seen from the observatory of La Silla.

Eclipse Progress over La Silla

(Picture: ESO / B. Tafreshi (twanight.org) / P. Horálek)

This ESO infographics shows the foreseen sun-leaked path in the sky above La Sille. The partial phase of erosion will end immediately before sunset. Far to the east, the sun will shine before the eclipse ends.

Visible planets and stars

(Illustrated by M. Druckmüller, P. Aniol, K. Delcourte, P. Horálek, L. Calçada / ESO)

During the totality, the sky will dwindle enough to reveal planets and stars that are otherwise not visible from Southern Hemisphere at this time of year because they are above the horizon throughout the day.

Of course, you will want to spend your integrity looking at the shaded sun. But if the cloud blocks your view on the crown, that is still a good reason to keep looking up!

Be sure to take a look at our eutrophication guide for more details about visible stars and planets.

How to watch the sun carefully

(Image: Karl Tate, assistant for Space.com)

You should never look directly into the sun, but there are ways to safely observe the eclipse. See how to safely observe the sunshine with this Space.com infographic.

Here are some more tips for tracking the eclipse:

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Things I used to observe the eclipse

Darkening coming

(Picture: T. Matsopulos / NASA)

If you miss this year's sunshine, it's not too late to start planning next! This is a map of all the total sunsets by the year 2040.

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