Total Solar Eclipse: 2019-07-02

Total solar eclipseA total solar eclipse will take place today, 2019-07-02.  Totality will be visible only in the southern hemisphere, on a path seemingly crafted to avoid land as much as possible.  Totality will touch down in the southwest Pacific Ocean, pass over Pitcairn Island, then finally touch land, crossing Chile and Argentina.  Totality will begin at 18:03 UTC and end at 20:42 UTC.

The Exploratorium is planning a live Webcast of the eclipse from Chile, originating from the Cerro Tololo Observatory, which totality happens to cross.  The Webcast will last for one hour, beginning at 20:00 UTC.  Occurring in early July, near the time of Earth’s aphelion, with the Moon around two days from perigee, this will be a fairly long eclipse, with four minutes and 32.8 seconds of totality at maximum eclipse in the mid-Pacific.

Here is a live player which should show the Exploratorium’s coverage of the eclipse. If this doesn’t work for you, try going directly to the live Webcast page.

In addition to the coverage, which will probably involve chatty narration and cutting back and forth, there is an uncommented live telescope view from Chile. That broadcast will start at 19:23 UTC. This is a live player for the telescope feed.


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5 thoughts on “Total Solar Eclipse: 2019-07-02”

  1. Totality!

    Baily’s beads.

    Total solar eclipse 2019-07-02: Baily's beads

    Inner corona (the colour balance appears to be a bit off compared to the eclipses I’ve seen and photographed).  Note prominences around the limb of the Sun:

    Total solar eclipse 2019-07-02: inner corona

    A prominent prominence!

    Total solar eclipse 2019-07-02: prominence

    Diamond ring!  The show’s over until the next time.

    Total solar eclipse 2019-07-02: diamond ring


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