Today, Tuesday, July 2nd, there will be a special kind of event coming to South America. It only happens about twice a year and Today, in certain parts of Chile and Argentina, people will find a total solar eclipse lasting just over two minutes for most observers. Much of South America will see some form of eclipse today, though not all will get the total effect, it will be for them much as it was here in North America in August of last year.
If you’re not planning on being in South America this afternoon you might ask yourself why it matters? Well, it’s because you don’t need to be there in order to enjoy this rare event, you can do so online through a few sources! First of all NASA will be livestreaming views from telescopes in Vicuna, Chile, from 3 p.m. til 6 p.m. From 4 p.m. until 5 p.m., the agency will also stream a one-hour program with audio commentary in both English and Spanish. You can find all three programs on players at the NASA Live website. They will also be streaming on their Youtube channel.
And The Weather Channel will also be livestreaming the eclipse on weather.com and the Weather Channel app from 4 p.m. til 5 p.m. The stream will be hosted by The Weather Channel meteorologist Danielle Banks, with special guest John Gianforte, an astronomer at the University of New Hampshire.
You don’t always need to be in the vicinity to enjoy something. And you don’t need to be a stargazer to appreciate that a solar eclipse is a pretty special event.