What is an Eclipse?
If you’ve been searching for a reason to travel to Argentina, we’ve got one that’s out of this world! On your list of things to do in Argentina, viewing the 2019 total solar eclipse should occupy the #1 spot. This natural spectacle is sure to be visually stunning regardless of your understanding, but is even more incredible when you can comprehend the science behind its unusual occurrence.
An eclipse is an astronomical event that involves the obscuring of light from one celestial body due to the passing of another between it and its observer or between it and its source of light.
An eclipse can be total, annular or partial. A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon completely blocks the Sun out. A partial eclipse is when it blocks out a portion of the Sun, and an annular one is when the moon is at the furthest point in its orbit. This means it doesn’t cover the Sun completely, and you can still see a thin ring of light emerging from its outside rim, which is referred to as the “ring of fire” by NASA.
Difference between Lunar and Solar Eclipses
Perhaps the most obvious difference is that of time. A solar eclipse is only visible during the day, while a lunar eclipse can be viewed during nighttime. A solar eclipse and a lunar eclipse are each events involving three major celestial bodies: the Earth, the Sun (solar) and the moon (lunar). While a lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth passes between the Moon and the Sun and the Earth’s shadow obscures a portion or the entirety of the moon, a solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, blocking a portion or the entirety of the Sun.
Lunar eclipses are more readily visible to us due to the moon’s proximity to the Earth. It’s also safe to view a lunar eclipse with your naked eye, but viewing a solar eclipse without protective eyewear can damage your eyesight.
Here’s a list of eclipses that took place in 2019 so far, as well as those that will happen later this year:
Partial Solar Eclipse
On the 6th of January, astronomical fans in parts of North America, Pacific and East Asia were able to witness a partial solar eclipse.
Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse
This lunar eclipse was visible to people in North and South America, Greenland, and Iceland on January 21st. A total lunar eclipse of this type won’t occur again until 2021.
Total Solar Eclipse
On the 2nd of July, people in some parts of Argentina and Chile will be able to witness a total solar eclipse right before the sunset. In a couple of other places, including Ecuador, Uruguay, Brazil, and Paraguay, people will only get to see a partial solar eclipse.
Partial Lunar Eclipse
On 16th July, people in most of Europe and Asia, as well as parts of southern and eastern North America, South America and Antarctica, will be able to view a partial lunar eclipse.
Annular Solar Eclipse
On December 26th, a day after Christmas, people in eastern Europe, most of Asia, and western and northern Africa will get a chance to witness the “ring of fire” due to this annular solar eclipse.
As the regions mentioned above indicate, 3 of these eclipses can be seen in Argentina.
Now that you know the eclipses that will take place in 2019, make sure you don’t miss them! San Juan is the ideal spot to see it in Argentina. Check our website to find out more about this and other tours that we are offering to discover amazing South America!