Millions of people are anticipating a total solar eclipse in South America this afternoon when the moon will block out the sun. La Serena in Chile, 248 miles north-west of Santiago, will be the first city to experience totality at 4.38 pm local time (9.38 pm British Summer Time). The eclipse will follow a path approximately 90 miles wide across to Chascomús, 70 miles south-east of Buenos Aires in Argentina which will experience totality at 4.42pm local time (10.42pm British Summer Time).
The total solar eclipse eclipse will be passing over the European Southern Observatory at La Silla in Chile, reaching totality at 4.40 pm local time (9.40 pm BST). The Observatory will be broadcasting the eclipse live from 3.15 pm locally (8.15 pm BST).
Livestream Link: European Southern Observatory
You can also watch live telescope footage of the eclipse and expert commentary on the TimeandDate.com You Tube channel:
The next Total Solar Eclipse will happen on 14 December 2020 when it can be seen in parts of Chile and Argentina. Temuco, Pucon and Villarica are set to be the best vantage points in Chile, in Argentina it will pass over Junin de los Andes, San Martin de los Andes and San Carlos de Bariloche.
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