A rare astronomical event will unfold in the skies today, Tuesday, June 2, as the Moon crosses in front of the Sun. This will block the Sun’s rays and is what is known as a total solar eclipse. The phenomena will not be visible around the world however, with only a select few countries able to see the event.
What countries are able to see the total solar eclipse on July 2?
Parts of South America and the South Pacific will be able to witness the celestial event on Tuesday.
The total solar eclipse will be visible over a 125-mile (200km) wide path which spans from coast to coast across Chile and Argentina.
However, the maximum time of four minutes and 33 seconds may be visible only to observers on boats and aeroplanes, as it will be happening over the Pacific Ocean.
Countries nearby such as Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Ecuador will be able to witness a partial eclipse, as only part of the Sun will be blocked.
The total eclipse will be visible in
- La Serena, Chile
- San Juan, San Juan, Argentina
- Bragado, Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Junín, Buenos Aires, Argentina
A partial eclipse will be visible in
- Rarotonga, Cook Islands
- Alofi, Niue
- Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia
- Gambier Islands, French Polynesia
- Adamstown, Pitcairn Islands
- Stanley, Falkland Islands
- Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
- São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
- Quito, Ecuador
- Rio Grande, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
- Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
- Santiago, Chile
- Lima, Lima, Peru
- Montevideo, Uruguay
- Buenos Aires, Argentina
- La Paz, Bolivia
- Uruguaiana, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
- Sucre, Bolivia
- Asuncion, Paraguay
- Foz do Iguaçu, Paraná, Brazil
According to timeanddate.com, the partial eclipse will begin to be visible at 4.55pm UTC (5.55pm BST).
The full eclipse will be able to be seen at 6.01pm UTC (7.01pm BST), with the maximum eclipse peeking at 7.22pm UTC (8.22pm BST).
Then the last location to see the total eclipse will do so at around 8.44 UTC (9.44pm BST), and the partial eclipse will end at 9.50pm UTC (10.50pm BST).
A solar eclipse also never comes alone, usually occurring two weeks before or after a lunar eclipse.
Tuesday’s solar eclipse is followed by a partial lunar eclipse taking place on July 16 into July 17.
This is the last lunar eclipse of 2019, and is visible from Australia, Africa, South America, most of Europe and Asia.