The last and final total solar eclipse of this year will occur today. It will start at 11:30 a.m EST and last up to 2 minutes and 40 seconds, depending on the location. Parts of the southern end of South America i.e. parts of Chile and Argentina will witness on December 14 a total solar eclipse, where the Sun will be completely blocked by the Moon

Part of South Africa, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, and Antarctica will be able to see at least a partial solar eclipse. A solar eclipse is a natural phenomenon that occurs when the Moon comes between the Sun and the Earth. There are three types of solar eclipses.

  • Total
  • Partial 
  • Annular

According to NASA, sometimes when the moon orbits Earth, it moves between the sun and Earth. When this happens, the moon blocks the light of the sun from reaching Earth. This causes an eclipse of the sun or solar eclipse. During a solar eclipse, the moon casts a shadow onto Earth.

Today’s total solar eclipse will be visible from from the cities of Teodoro Schmidt, Temuco, Gorbea, Villarrica, Pucón, Junín de los, Ministre Ramos Mexía, Valcheta and San Antonio Oeste.

How to watch it live?

For people living in parts of the country where the eclipse is visible, you can go outside and watch the annual solar eclipse. However, it is not advisable to look at the Sun during a solar eclipse with naked eyes. Only eclipse glasses that have a certification with “ISO 12312-2 international standard” are safe for use, according to NASA and also it is important to maintain social distance due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you aren’t in the areas where the eclipse is visible or you don’t want to go out, you can watch the phenomenon online. NASA will provide live coverage of today’s solar eclipse on their website.

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