People view a total solar eclipse from La Higuera, Chile, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. Tens of thousands of tourists and locals gaped skyward Tuesday as a rare total eclipse of the sun began to darken the heavens over northern Chile.
Photo: Esteban Felix/AP
Photo: Esteban Felix/AP

Total solar eclipse wows sky-watching crowds in South America

A total solar eclipse darkened the skies over parts of South America on Tuesday as crowds gathered to watch the stunning celestial event.

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The eclipse was only fully visible to sky watchers in a 125-mile-wide swath across Chile and Argentina in the path of totality, where the shadow of the moon passes across the Earth as the moon blocks out the sun. 

While the eclipse was only fully visible to those directly in the moon’s shadow, those in most of the country got see a partial eclipse.

It was the first total solar eclipse since 2017, when another one caused excitement across a large part of the United States as people crowded into the path of totality to observe the phenomenon which lasted more than two minutes in some areas. 

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