Antarctica in darkness due to total solar eclipse, tourists deposit $35,000 | Abroad

Among the eyewitnesses was Raúl Cordero of the University of Santiago (Chile). He said the eclipse was extremely visible. There were also a handful of ‘eclipse tourists’, who had paid as much as $35,000 to witness the eclipse. The totality, that is, the length of time that the sun as seen from Earth is completely blocked by the moon, lasted less than two minutes.

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The American aviation organization NASA broadcasted images of the solar eclipse via a live stream from Union Glacier Camp, about a thousand kilometers north of the South Pole. That is the only camp where guests can stay in the summer season.

The previous total solar eclipse in Antarctica was on November 23, 2003. The next time will be in 2039.

A partial eclipse could be seen from southern Africa, the southern tip of South America and far southeastern Australia.

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