Solar eclipse, tomorrow July 2: It will be the biggest astronomical event of the year

Solar eclipse, tomorrow July 2: It will be the biggest astronomical event of the year

The phenomenon can be observed this Tuesday, July 2 and will begin around 4:30 p.m., when the Moon will touch an edge of the sun and it is estimated that it will end around 5:40 p.m. Argentina time.

The solar eclipse will begin east of New Zealand in the Pacific Ocean and then reach South America. The countries that will see it complete this time will be Chile and Argentina. This natural event is considered one of the greatest astronomical events according to specialists.

In Argentina the solar eclipse can be seen totally; initially the eclipse strip will pass through San Juan, San Luis, Córdoba, Santa Fe and Buenos Aires. The eclipse will be visible from much of Argentina.

The strategic places to better observe this total solar eclipse: the north of San Juan; Chepes, in La Rioja; Venado Tuerto, in Santa Fe; Merlo, in San Luis; Apostles, in Missions; Villa Dolores, Río Cuarto, Gral. Deheza, Gral Cabrera and La Carlota, in Córdoba and the Buenos Aires cities of Junín and Rojas.

During the eclipse, the orbits of the Earth and the Moon will be aligned in such a way that the sun will be completely blocked and the shadow of the natural satellite will be projected on the Earth's surface, leaving the planet through which the phenomenon passes in the dark.

After this year's total solar eclipse, the next one will happen on December 14, 2020, and it will be seen again in Argentina and Chile, but further south, that is, in Patagonia. The next opportunity to observe it in our country will only occur in 2048.

Specialists recommend never directly observing the sun, whether or not there is an eclipse, since its intense brightness can damage the vision of the human being, even causing blindness. If you want to observe the phenomenon, you must use lenses with special filters (they are available in astronomical stores or via the Internet), these glasses must comply with the standard and have the ISO 12312-2 label.

Between June 30 and July 2, the 1st International Conference for the Promotion of Scientific Culture in Astronomy will take place in San Juan. They will be public and free in which there will be talks, debates, observations of the sky, exhibitions and other activities of a scientific, educational and outreach nature aimed at specialists on the subject, but also at the general public and at young people and children.

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