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The 2019 South American Eclipse, as Captured By Those on the Ground

The solar eclipse took place around 4:30 p.m. EDT over parts of South America.

By Hailey Rose McLaughlinJul 3, 2019 4:15 PM
2019 Eclipse - Unsplash
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A total solar eclipse blazed a path through parts of South America on July 2, 2019. Tens of thousands of tourists and locals looked skywards in Chile and Argentina to see the midday light turn to darkness as the sun and the moon crossed paths. Totality, the point at which the Moon covers the Sun completely, lasted for a little over two minutes.

The event was predictably a hit on social media. For a taste of totality, here’s a selection of some of the best clips from social media from those in the eclipse’s path.

And, if you’re getting jealous, don’t forget that an eclipse will be coming to America in just a few short years in 2024.

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