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Chile prepares for another solar eclipse

Chile will live another Solar Eclipse on April 30, 2022. Especially in the southern regions of the country will be visible. It is the fourth eclipse in a row perceived in the South American country.

Over the past few years, we’ve received our fair share of Solar Eclipses. With the Annular Solar Eclipse of 2017 and the Total Solar Eclipses of 2010, 2019, 2020, and 2021 fresh in our memory, one would almost forget that Central Solar Eclipses are quite rare phenomenon. In the evening of Saturday the 30th of April the Solar Disc will once again get covered by the Moon, although this time, only a small part of the Sun will get obscured, making it look like a bitten cookie.

Depending on the location, that bite can be big or small; in Arica it’ll look like a tiny nibble, in Punta Arenas a big chunk. Given the fact that this will happen at dusk, especially on the coast, this will make a spectacularly photogenic Sunset. As always, proper eye protection should be used. Avoid looking directly at the Sun without proper filtering. If it feels unpleasant or uncomfortable to look, don’t.

The first stages of this Eclipse, in the late afternoon, can be safely observed through undamaged, unbent, unscratched Eclipse Glasses used during the 2019 or 2020. Alternatively, a welding glass, shade 14, will also do, and, as a bonus, shortly before Sunset, the Earth’s atmosphere itself can filter out enough visible light to make naked eye observations and photography possible. If undertaken with extreme caution.

Just like a regular Sunset, it’s a wonderful sight to see a bright red Sun sink below the horizon, and this time it will be even more rewarding, taking into account the Sun will look like the aforementioned bitten cookie.

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