San Francisco Exploratorium to broadcast solar eclipse

Pablo Tucker
July 2, 2019

This will be the only solar eclipse visible in 2019 because the moon's shadow usually misses the Earth entirely, said Ken Brandt, director of the Robeson Planetarium and Science Center.

Projected path of the 2019 total solar eclipse.

The total eclipse itself will last for four minutes and 33 seconds.

The next total solar eclipse will be on December 14, 2020.

Skywatchers in parts of Chile and Argentina will see the Moon pass directly in front of the Sun, blocking out the light for just a few minutes.


Robert Downey Jr., Rihanna and Chris Evans have been widely rumored to be attending the total solar eclipse in South America on July 2, 2019. Meanwhile, a total solar eclipse occurs when the disk of the moon appears to completely cover the disk of the sun in the sky.

The late timing for tomorrow's eclipse means that totality occurs will occur about one hour and 18 minutes before sunset, when the sun is low in the sky - just 13 degrees above the horizon.

Though first-hand viewing is limited, different observatories such as the Cerro Tololo Observatory and La Silla Observatory, both in Chile, will have a live webcast of the eclipse.

The upcoming total solar eclipse is being regarded by astronomers as the greatest one due to the huge scientific data it will offer.

The solar eclipse will reach its moment of so-called maximum eclipse around 8.24pm United Kingdom time or 3.24pm EDT. But beyond its fantastic view, scientists grab the opportunity to study the sun and space.


The Eclipse will begin to affect the person long before its inception, and the first symptoms can already be seen from 29 June.

Space.com reporter Hanneke Weitering is now sending updates from Chile, where she will be "chasing totality" on the day of the eclipse, driving 90 miles (150 kilometers) from La Serena to La Silla Observatory in La Higuera.

Solar eclipses are a handsome sight to behold. Make some time to see it, or travel to a spot in totality if you're close enough. These include the Sun's plasma loops, solar corona activity and its background stars.

One group, led by Jay Pasaschoff (Williams College) will continue an experiment that stretches back more than 20 years.

"The Sun varies from day to day, and also over the 11-year solar cycle".


The museum also has a dedicated app for the total solar eclipse on iOS and Android. It will, again, be visible from Chile and Argentina.

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