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Solar Eclipse Amazes South America

4 Jul 2019, 6:52 am

You may remember when a record number of Americans watched the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017. On July 2, 2019, it was South America’s turn. Field Correspondent Brandon Clement witnessed the phenomenon first hand and captured the breath-taking views via drone.

Total Eclipse Gathers Thousands In South America

ICYMI – Chileans gathered to witness a total solar #eclipse on Tuesday evening! Check out what the moment looked like from La Serena on the Pacific Ocean as the sun dipped from view.

Posted by WeatherNation on Wednesday, July 3, 2019

During a solar eclipse, the moon passes between the sun and Earth, blocking all or part of the sun for a period of time. Parts of Chile and Argentina were lucky enough to see totality, where the sun is completely blocked and casts a shadow of the moon on the earth. People in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela could use special “eclipse glasses” to safely see a partial solar eclipse.

Credit: NASA

NOAA’s powerful GOES satellites provided a unique perspective of the phenomenon. Below, see Category 4 Hurricane Barbara churning in the Eastern Pacific while the moon’s shadow crosses South America.

For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Karissa Klos.