December 5, 2023
The 2021 total solar eclipse is about to happen

The 2021 total solar eclipse is about to happen

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Being one of the most awaited phenomena, a total solar eclipse is approaching.

The year 2021 was marked by many astronomical phenomena, among them three eclipses, two of the moon, total and partial, which occurred recently, and the third was an annular eclipse of the sun.

Despite the beauty of the phenomena that have already been recorded throughout this year, A total solar eclipse It is undoubtedly one of the most awaited by astronomy lovers and one of the rarest as well. Fortunately for many, the wait for the next eclipse is nigh.

On December 4th, a total solar eclipse is expected, but will we all be watching this phenomenon? What is known is that the phenomenon will be atypical and The most preferred area for observation would be Antarctica.

Where can eclipses be best observed?

The most awaited phenomenon of 2021 already has a definite date to appear and a better area to watch as well, Antarctica will be the phenomenon that has been granted. Yes, a strange place with infinite beauty, but at the same time too Not one of the most densely populated places in the world.

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Detailed map of the path of the solar eclipse in Antarctica on December 4, 2021. Photo:

This type of solar eclipse is one of the rarest to occur, and the sun is completely obscured. though, The following phenomenon promises to be fully visible, but this has to happen at a very specific point on the planet: the Weddell Sea region, in Antarctica.

The partial solar eclipse is expected to begin at 5:29 UTC (02:29 AM in Brazil). The total eclipse should begin at 07:00 UTC, and the summit should occur at 07:34 UTC (04:34 AM in Brazil). It is worth mentioning that The total solar eclipse will only last for one minute and 54 seconds, which will occur on the edge of Antarctica, north of the Fletchner Rune ice shelf.

Observation areas

A total solar eclipse will be seen in Antarctica, but also at some points in the Atlantic, Pacific and Antarctic oceans. Yes, most inhospitable areas of the planet and it is not very easy for most humans to see.

No Brazil, the solar eclipse will not be observed, which has caused misfortune for scientists and sky lovers. In fact, it was last seen in the country 27 years ago. The next total solar eclipse in Brazil should occur in 2046, according to the astrological calendar.

though, There is still hope to observe the phenomenon in other parts of the worldEven if only partially and for a few minutes. This should happen in a small part to the east of Argentina, in the south Chile, In the Falkland Islands, small areas of AustraliaGive New ZealandGive South Africa and yes Namibia.

A total solar eclipse will hardly be observed

one of the Obstacles to observation One of these phenomena is the weather. In Antarctica, the climate is known to be quite hostile, with extremely low temperatures, strong winds, and completely frozen landscapes, in addition to being, of course, isolated.

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A total solar eclipse can be best visualized in Antarctica.

Days with clear skies are not very frequent in this harsh region of the planet, which is precisely the most important thing to visualize the phenomenon.

In addition to weather conditions, this time of year is not very suitable for visiting this place, that is, For those who want to go to the area because of the eclipse, this is not the ideal time of the yearThis is because in early December the amount of sea ice present is still significant, being considered an early time to visit.

Not cheap ways to see or eclipse

There are ways to get around the difficulty of watching the next total solar eclipse, but nothing has to come cheap.

a The most viable option is via a private flight from the Bornean polar cap. In the event of clouds, enthusiast viewing plans will not be compromised. However, take one of these exclusive trips to the Eclipse It will cost between 10 thousand and 28 thousand euros.