It is fairly common to see a partial solar eclipse, when part of the sun is blocked out by the moon crossing its path. But it is quite rare to see a total solar eclipse, during which the sun is completely blocked out by a perfect alignment with the moon, because there is only a small stretch of land with the correct angle to view this totality.
It is fitting that such an extreme and mystical astronomical event would occur in Patagonia, a land that is atypically blessed with an abundance of natural wonders.
Onlookers can expect to experience what is best described as a rapid, apocalyptic change from day to night for 2 minutes and 10 seconds, followed by the glorious return of the sun, blanketing the black landscape in light once again. Those who witnessed last year’s total eclipse in San Juan, Argentina described the event as a deeply-moving natural phenomena that produces a sense of wonder and respect for the incredible power of our Earth and the forces that affect it.
The total solar eclipse that will occur this year on December 14th is also unique because it includes one more unusual astronomical spectacle; the Geminids meteor shower. On the night of December 13th, campers who make the journey to Patagonia will awake to a night sky that is lit up by the rain of over 120 meteors per hour pouring across the darkness. This is the most highly-anticipated meteor shower of 2020 for the density and clarity of the shooting stars that will be visible.
If you have been looking for the right time to journey down to Patagonia, a bucket-list favorite, December 2020 is the moment you’ve been waiting for. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity; an aligning of the stars if you will.
For the second year in a row Say Hueque will be hosting an epic eclipse-viewing event, with everything from accommodations, to food, to on-site professional astronomers included! In addition, you’ll be taken to some of the top destinations of Argentina, including Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls, El Calafate, and more! Check out our 12-day or 15-day itineraries.
Written by Cathie Haynor