August 21, 2017, saw a solar eclipse that had North Americans gazing skyward. Eyes protected, they gathered in groups and stood alone to watch enthusiastically while the moon appeared to swallow the entire sun. This heavenly occurrence, dubbed the Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017, was a total eclipse of the sun – when the moon completely blocks the sun from view. Almost two years have now passed. It is now 2019, and solar eclipse fans are already anticipating the July and December events.
On July 2, another total eclipse of the sun is going to occur. It originates far out in the Pacific Ocean. It also lasts longer than the North American Eclipse of 2017. However, only a few locations shall experience this event. Unfortunately for North Americans, this event is happening almost exclusively in South America, although observers on boats may view it in international waters as can those living on or visiting Oeno (Holiday) Island, a South Pacific British territory. Chile and Argentina are the countries in which viewing is the most favorable.
In December 2019, astronomers indicate a solar eclipse is going to be visible over three areas:
- Saudi Arabia
- Southeast Asia
This event occurs on December 26. It is an annular solar eclipse. Astronomers are referring to it, because of its location as a “Ring of Fire” eclipse.
While this is a total eclipse for the countries above, it is only a partial eclipse for other parts of Asia, Australia, and Africa.
2019 Solar Eclipse Events
Whenever a solar eclipse occurs, always be sure you, your family and friends are ready. For viewing any 2019 solar eclipse, take the time to choose your eye gear. Always check their capabilities and qualifications. Remember, only by employing the proper eyewear- approved viewers or glasses, can you watch this spectacular event safely.
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