Sunday, February 26, 2017

An annular solar eclipse obscures part of the southern hemisphere

The first solar eclipse of 2017 will reach its maximum in southern Argentina and Chile

This Sunday, February 26, the Moon will be placed between the Sun and Earth and will hinder its light. It is what is known as eclipse but, as always happens, that concealment will depend on the perspective.

On this occasion, the solar eclipse will be observable in its maximum splendor in southern Angola, northern Zambia and southern Argentina and Chile. In these last two countries, the largest location in which the complete eclipse will be seen is Puerto Aysén (Chile). The sealing of the solar disk will be 66% in Buenos Aires, 68% in Montevideo and 41% in Sao Paulo.

The solar eclipse will be visible, approximately, between the 9:20 am, Argentine local time, and 12:30. After crossing the Atlantic, the eclipse will be visible in Angola and Zambia between 12:30 and 14:30.

The eclipse of February 26 will not be complete. The Moon will not completely cover the Sun, but a ring of the solar disk will remain visible, as the satellite is located at a point in its orbit farthest from Earth. It will be an annular solar eclipse .

This solar eclipse in the southern hemisphere will be the precedent for another long awaited astronomical event, the total eclipse that will be seen in North America on August 21 of this year.

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