Total solar eclipse casts shadow over Argentina, Chile


Some of the world's brightest minds in astronomy have gathered at the Chilean Andes ahead of the coming solar eclipse on Tuesday. Total solar eclipse is going to begin at 3.22 pm local time in Chile.

"I came to La Serena to watch the total eclipse with a friend following a recommendation", U.S. tourist Stephanie Bouckurt said.

Between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., there will also be live commentary on the eclipse in both English and Spanish. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in America has addressed the belief related to food turning poisonous during solar eclipses by saying, "Related to the false idea of harmful solar rays is that during a total solar eclipse, some kind of radiation is produced that will harm your food. Having raced across the Pacific Ocean at over 6,000 miles per hour, by the time the Moon's shadow reaches the west coast of Chile, the Sun will be low to the horizon, with the partial eclipse phases occurring just as the Sun is setting".

While people will be thronging to Chile to witness the solar eclipse, teams of scientists will be studying the atmosphere of the Sun and Earth in the fleeting moments of daylight darkness.

For all those unaware, a solar eclipse transpires when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, blocking the light of the Sun from passing through while causing a shadow to appear on the Earth's surface.

Its infrastructure is steadily being emplaced atop Cerro Las Campanas, with first observations of the sky due to begin in late 2026, with full operation expected in 2018. You're so completely caught up, you find yourself saying, 'go back, go back; I wasn't done! Just cut a cardboard in the shape of spectacles and paste the sheet to make your own solar eclipse viewing glasses.

And NASA will be there to show you every second of it. A major misconception is that you can use sunglasses to look at the sun during an eclipse, however, that is not true.

Looking directly at the Sun can permanently damage your eyes. The problem is, you won't know whether it's temporary. "It's never a good idea to view the eclipse without the protection".

For those of us that are in India, there's no reason to put yourself through all the trouble of investing in protective eclipse-watching gear. You'll need eclipse glasses, which are regulated by an worldwide safety standard. It's not technically running from coast to coast in the USA, but it will still cover a large section of the US, plus Mexico and Canada.