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 Total Solar Eclipse of 2019 July 2
 in Chile, Argentina, Pitcairn Islands (Oeno) or aboard a Cruise Ship

The point of greatest eclipse (totality phase during 4 min 33 sec) lies in the Southern Pacific Ocean. Before reaching Chile, there is no landmass inside its totality path, but a small uninhabited atoll called Oeno (Pitcairn Islands). Going once again to Chile is rather tempting because of the good weather prospects, despite the limited mobility, and the observatories inside the path of totality; neverthless a remote observation from the remote Oeno island is even more enticing with a super-yacht. Or else Argentina near the Andes which provides both good weather prospects and mobility.
Cruise ships, such as the Paul Gauguin, will be inside the eclipse path to maximize the duration and clear sky odds, but for those who prefer to be on firm ground Chile or Argentina provide the best weather prospects, albeit wintry, at the expense of a duration cut in half and with a low black Sun (more aesthetic especially with the snow-capped Andean peaks in the foreground).
In December 2020 another total solar eclipse will cross the same two countries and cruises will be possible in both the Southern Pacific and Southern Atlantic oceans. During a period of 10 years, 2010 to 2020, both Chile and Argentina will experience three total solar eclipses plus one annular.

You can use this solar eclipse calculator to compute the local circumstances of the eclipse, and the solar eclipse timer notifies the beginning of the various events. A time exposure calculator is there to help you choose your camera settings.


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The sky charts were generated with my Solar Eclipse Maestro application.

South Pacific:

Paul Gauguin Cruise South Pacific Pitcairn Islands Sky Simulation Total Solar Eclipse 2019
Paul Gauguin cruise in the South Pacific (Pitcairn Islands)

Chile:

La Higuera Chile Sky Simulation Total Solar Eclipse 2019
La Higuera (Chile)

Starry Sky Milky Way Magellanic Clouds Las Campanas Magellan Telescopes July 2018
Milky Way and Magellanic Clouds from the Las Campanas Magellan telescopes in early July 2018 - no image processing (Chile)

All-sky Camera El Sauce Observatory
All-sky camera from the El Sauce Observatory inside the eclipse path (Chile)

South View Camera Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory
View towards the south from the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory inside the eclipse path (Chile)

Southest View Camera ESO La Silla Observatory
Southest View Camera ESO La Silla Observatory
View towards the southest from the ESO La Silla Observatory inside the eclipse path (Chile)

West View Camera Las Campanas Observatory
View towards the west from the Las Campanas Observatory just outside the eclipse path (Chile)

Argentina:

La Higuera Argentina Sky Simulation Total Solar Eclipse 2019
Bella Vista (Argentina)

Starry Sky Milky Way El Leoncito Observatory San Juan June 2018
Milky Way from the El Leoncito Observatory in late June 2018 - no image processing (Argentina)

And now the satellite imagery from GOES-East South America - Southern.

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Last page update on March 10, 2019.
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