The total solar eclipse of 2020 will occur on December 14. The total eclipse which is one of the kinds that happened on July 2, 2019, will be visible in South America, and countries of South-Western Africa. The parts of Chile and Argentina will witness approximately 2 minutes and 10 seconds longer darkness due to the total solar eclipse. In most parts of the world, particularly in the East, the eclipse will not be visible since it will occur during the night. The eclipse will also be visible in the Atlantic, Indian Ocean, and Antarctica.
Total Solar Eclipse of 2020 Timings
A 90 Kilometer long strip of land is likely to be the place where the total solar eclipse of 2020 will be visible. It will begin from Pacific Ocean and cross the Chile to stretch over Argentina, ending in South Atlantic ocean.
The total solar eclipse of 2020 will be visible in Chile around 11 EST. In Rio Negro, Argentina the eclipse will occur at 1:22 PM according to local time. People can witness it there for 2 minutes and 7 seconds.
Cities where partial solar eclipse will happen are Santiago, Buenes Aires, Montevideo, Sao Paulo, Lima, Peru and Walvis Bay, Nambia. The places for the total solar eclipse are Saavedra, Pucon, Valcheta and Salena del Eje.
In sub-continent and the Eastern part of the world the solar eclipse will not be visible since it will ocuur in the evening.
However, people from anywhere the world will be able to watch the total solar eclipse of 2020 live through NASA’s digital media platforms via video link.
Difference between Annular Solar Eclipse and Total Solar Eclipse
In June 2020 an Annular solar eclipse of the ring of fire solar eclipse had occurred. However, the total solar eclipse is different from it. In the ring of fire eclipse the Moon, the Sun, and the Earth have aligned in a way that the moon covers the parts of the Sun. However, in the total solar eclipse, Moon and the sun cross-paths in a way that the sun gets overshadowed, resulting in darkness on Earth even in the daytime.
Contrary to the total solar eclipse, the annular solar eclipse was witnessed in more parts of the world. One of the shocking events of 2020 has been related to the movement and alignment of celestial bodies like the moon, and planets. The year has witnessed two solar eclipses and four lunar eclipses. The next important celestial event is likely to be the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn that will happen on December 21.