Yesterday, July 2, one of the most important astronomical events of the year took place. A solar eclipse could be seen in several places in the southern hemisphere.
The moon passed between the earth and the sun, producing an eclipse that covered a narrow strip 200 kilometers wide and 11,252 kilometers long, from west to east.
This solar eclipse could be seen first on some of the Polynesian islands such as Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands, Kiribati, French Polynesia and Pitcairn. Later also in some places of South America like Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay.
This phenomenon started early in the Pacific Ocean, while in South America it was seen in the afternoon.
The eclipse completely hid the sun in several places such as the islands Tuamotu (French Polynesia), the island Oeno (Pitcairn Islands); La serena, La Higuera and La Silla Observatory (Chile); San Juan, San Javier and La Carlota (Argentina). On both sides of the strip it could also be seen, but partially.
Many people from different parts of the planet traveled to some of the places where the solar eclipse offered its greatest spectacle. The next solar eclipse will take place on December 26 this year and will be seen in Qatar, the UAE, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Singapore.
On June 21, 2020, we will see another solar eclipse in the countries of Central Africa, Asia and some Micronesian islands. While on December 14 of that same year, another solar eclipse will be seen in some islands of the South Pacific and in the Patagonia region.