“Spectacular” images capture only total solar eclipse of 2020

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During the brief period of darkness, only the lights of cell phones were visible. About 500,000 Indigenous people of the Mapuche ethnic group live in La Araucanía. This photo combo shows the sequence of a total solar eclipse seen from Piedra del Aguila, Argentina, Monday, Dec. “Spectacular” images capture only total solar eclipse of 2020

December 15, 2020 / 7:48 AM
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Watch: Total eclipse over South America

Watch: Total eclipse over South America

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Thousands of people gathered in the Chilean region of La Araucanía on Monday to witness the only total solar eclipse of the year, rejoicing in the rare experience even though visibility was limited because of cloudy skies. People again screamed and whooped excitedly when the sun appeared again. A Mapuche indigenous family watch the total solar eclipse in Carahue, Araucania region in southern Chile, on December 14, 2020. The moon covers the sun during a total solar eclipse in Piedra del Aguila, Argentina, Monday, Dec. Photo by MARIO QUILODRAN/AFP via Getty Images

Diego Ancalao, member of a Mapuche community and head of an Indigenous foundation that promotes development, noted that a total solar eclipse in July 2019 was followed by civil unrest in Chile and then the coronavirus pandemic. 14, 2020. 

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Many people wore masks to curb the spread of COVID-19, though they crowded together in some places in Pucón and in other areas of La Araucanía, 430 miles south of Santiago, the Chilean capital. Trending News

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Experts said the solar eclipse was partly visible in several other Latin American countries as well as parts of Africa and areas of the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. A solar eclipse is pictured during a cloudy day, in Villarrica, Chile December 14, 2020. “It was worth the two minutes,″ said witness Diego Fuentes, who traveled south with his family to see the eclipse. Another is expected to be visible in Antarctica by the end of 2021. He described it as “spectacular, a unique experience.” 

Thousands jumped and shouted happily in the drizzle when the sun was completely covered by the moon and then silence descended for a few moments. They traditionally believe that the eclipse signals the momentary death of the sun after a fight with the moon and leads to negative fallout. 14, 2020. 

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“I liked it a lot and it was good that there were clouds because we could see it a little without glasses,” said Catalina Morales, a girl who watched the eclipse with her father, Cristián Morales. The next total solar eclipse in Chile is expected to occur in 28 years. Skies were clear in northern Patagonia in Argentina, where people also watched the moon briefly block out the sun and plunge daytime into darkness. Dazzling solar eclipse photos that won’t fry your eyes

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First published on December 15, 2020 / 7:48 AM