Total solar eclipse plunges Antarctica into darkness – .

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“The visibility was excellent,” said Raul Cordero of the University of Santiago de Chile (USACH), who was on hand to attend the “totality” at 07:46 GMT, with the “ring of fire” phase of a duration of just over 40 seconds. Solar eclipses occur when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, casting its shadow on the Earth. For the eclipse to be total, the Sun, Moon and Earth must be directly aligned. All of it was only visible in Antarctica, experienced by a small number of scientists, experts and adventurous tourists – who paid some $ 40,000 for the privilege. Broadcast live by NASA from Union Glacier camp in Antarctica, the eclipse began at 07:00 GMT as the Moon began to move past the Sun, ending at 08:06 GMT. Union Glacier Camp is located approximately 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) north of the South Pole. According to NASA, a partial eclipse was also visible in parts of the southern hemisphere, including parts of Saint Helena, Namibia, Lesotho, South Africa, Chile, New Zealand and Australia. The last total solar eclipse in Antarctica occurred on November 23, 2003, and the next will not take place until 2039. An annular solar eclipse – in which the Moon obscures everything but an outer ring of the Sun – is expected to sweep across North America in October 2023, followed by a total eclipse in April 2024.

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