Total Solar Eclipse July 2: Here’s What You Need to Know

Get ready for a total solar eclipse with striking amber colors.

Tomorrow, July 2 will see the shadow of a solar eclipse will cross the South Pacific Ocean and part of South America.

The first total solar eclipse since 2017’s great American Eclipse is about to take place, and people living in South America will have the opportunity to see the ‘magic’ happen.

More precisely, parts of the Pacific Ocean, Chile and Argentina will get a stunning view of the total solar eclipse on Tuesday, July 2.

But fear not, even if you don’t have the opportunity to go to South America you can still watch the magic happen. You can watch the solar eclipse magic unfold as the moon casts its shadow on Earth thanks to live streaming on the internet.

The eclipse is expected to enter totality over a narrow part of the South Pacific, eventually making its way over land across Chile and Argentina.

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If you want to watch the eclipse as it happens you can visit the website and YouTube channel of the European Southern Observatory which will livestream the cosmic phenomenon as it takes place from the La Silla Observatory near the Atacama Desert in Chile. That broadcast starts at 12:15 p.m. Pacific.

Location

NASA has revealed that the eclipse will begin in the Chilean town of La Serena, in the Coquimbo region, and will finalize near the Argentine city of Chascomús, a province of Buenos Aires. People who are within that path will be able to see the Sun’s crown if of course, the weather permits it.

Outside this path, observers will see a partial eclipse that will be visible in the rest of Chile and Argentina, as well as in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay and in parts of Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela, as well as Panama.

Visualization map. (Image credit: NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio)
(Image credit: NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio)

How to watch

So, how do you observe the total solar eclipse?

Observe it indirectly, through cameras that allow us to see details that would otherwise be impossible to see.

However, if you are going to see it in a direct way, use specially designed glasses to see the eclipses, and make sure they are certified with the ISO 12.312-2 standard.

The ISO 12.312-2 is a globally recognized certificate that makes sure the glasses block not only ultraviolet radiation but also the visible light beams that can damage our eye’s retina.

Something to keep in mind is that the glasses to see the solar eclipse should be purchased only in optics and places endorsed by official agencies.

What not to do?

Do not look directly at the sun with or without eclipse in prolonged form.

Do not use radiographic plates (they do not offer protection).

Do not look at the eclipse with optical instruments, binocular cameras, telescopes, which do not have the proper filters because it increases the risk of damaging your eyesight.

Do not wear sunglasses and observe the Eclipse (sunglasses do not offer protection).

Do not let children watch the eclipse without adequate protection and without supervision from an adult who can make sure the glasses are not removed while observing the event.