Total solar eclipse plunges Antarctica into darkness – archyde

Handout image released by the Chilean Air Force showing a total solar eclipse from the Union Glacier in Antarctica on December 4, 2021. – AFP

  • The totality was only visible in Antarctica.
  • Few people have seen it; Paid $ 40,000 for privileges.
  • The last total solar eclipse in Antarctica occurred on November 23, 2003.

SANTIAGO: A total solar eclipse plunged Antarctica into darkness early Saturday in a rare summer astronomical spectacle witnessed by a handful of scientists and thrill seekers – and countless penguins.

“The visibility was excellent,” said Raul Cordero from the University of Santiago de Chile (USAACH), who was there at 0746 GMT to witness “totality”, with the “Ring of Fire” phase lasting a little over 40 seconds.

Solar eclipses occur when the moon wanders between the sun and earth and casts its shadow on the earth. For the solar eclipse to be total, the sun, moon and earth must be aligned directly.

The totality was only visible in Antarctica, witnessed by a small number of scientists, experts, and adventure tourists – who paid around $ 40,000 for this privilege.

The solar eclipse was broadcast live by NASA from Union Glacier Camp in Antarctica and began at 0700 GMT when the moon began moving in front of the sun and ended at 0806 GMT.

Camp Union Glacier is located approximately 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) north of the South Pole.

According to NASA, a partial solar eclipse was also visible in parts of the southern hemisphere, including parts of St. Helena, Namibia, Lesotho, South Africa, Chile, New Zealand and Australia.

The last total solar eclipse in Antarctica occurred on November 23, 2003 and the next will not be until 2039.

An annular solar eclipse – in which the moon obscures the sun except for an outer ring – will sweep over North America in October 2023, followed by a total solar eclipse in April 2024.

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