Total solar eclipses are extraordinary phenomena that have long been admired by different cultures around the world, both for their beauty and dramatic impact, but they also tend to be visible over only a very limited geographic area.
So it is that on July 2 2019, day will become night in Argentina as the moon passes in front of the sun at around 5.45pm.
The eclipse will be visible throughout much of Argentina, but the greatest totality will be seen in several regions close to the city of Buenos Aires, including the areas Chivilcoy, Lobos and Chascomús.
In the capital itself, the eclipse will be very close to total, as at 5.44pm, just before sunset, our star will become 99% hidden by the Earth’s only satellite. To see this natural spectacle, head to places where the horizon is visible west/northwest, such as on the roof terrace of a tall building.
The total eclipse will last between 30 seconds and 2 and a half minutes, but the entire phenomena will last more than two hours.
Be sure to take precautions when viewing the eclipse. Apart from the very brief moment in which the sun is completely covered by the moon, do not look at the eclipse without solar filters or other special protection, and certainly not through binoculars or telescopes without protection since this can cause irreparable damage to the eyes.