undreds of thousands of tourists have gathered in the north Chilean desert to experience. A rare combination for astronomy buffs: a total eclipse of the sun viewed from beneath the world’s clearest skies. Moved eastward across the Pacific Ocean, making landfall in Chile on Tuesday afternoon.Chile Witnesses Solar Eclipse And Plunged Into Darkness
Totality made its first landfall over South America near the coastal Chilean city of La Serena at 4.39pm. At a time as the eclipse moved across the continent.
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, bringing apparent nightfall. Tuesday’s was the first solar eclipse for the world since one crossed the US in August 2017.
The best views were from Chile’s sprawling Atacama desert north of La Serena, where a lack of humidity and city lights combine to create the world’s clearest skies.
By sunrise on Tuesday, hundreds of vehicles lined the 150-kilometres of highway between La Serena and La Silla Observatory, as people jostled for a good spot to watch the eclipse. Skywatchers set up camp on median strips and road shoulders, bringing with them tents, tables, chairs and even barbecues.
Elsewhere, thousands of people flocked to other parts of Chile Witnesses Solar Eclipse And Plunged Into Darkness. About 25,000 tourists arrived in Paiguano, a small town of just 1000 people in the Elqui Valley, 650 kilometres from the capital, Santiago..
The region had not seen an eclipse since 1592, according to the Chilean Astronomy Society. The next one is expected in 2165.Click to watch TROLLS WORLD TOUR (Official Trailer)