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Where to See the Solar Eclipse in 2019

AUSTRALIA | Friday, 6 July 2018 | Views [106]

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The next total solar eclipse will take place on Sunday 2nd of June, 2019 at 19:24:07 (UT). This natural phenomenon, which will plunge more than 50 miles of land into (almost) total darkness, will last for a total of 4 minutes and 33 seconds. According to the NASA website, the start of the partial eclipse will begin at 17:45:11 (UT), so get there early to witness the sun and moons’ alignment from start to finish. See the solar eclipse timeline for more eclipses in the next few decades.

Here are the destinations for a solar eclipse vacation next year:

Destination #1 - South Pacific Islands

In most of the South Pacific Islands, you will be able to see the partial eclipse. But for better visibility, you should head for the Gambier Islands. From there, you will be able to see over 95% coverage of sun and the whole experience (from start to finish) will last around 2 hours and 43 minutes in total. There are also a number of fantastic cruises that can take you on a tour of the islands, including good positioning on the water / or on land for the main event.

Some of the islands you won’t want to miss include Polynesia, French Polynesia (Tahiti), The Cook Islands, The Samoan Islands, Easter Island and Fiji.

Don’t miss: the exciting festival of Heiva i Tahiti, which begins on the last day of June and lasts for 2 weeks in celebration of French Polynesia‘s independence!

Destination #2 -  Chile

To get an unbeatable blackout show with next year’s solar eclipse, make your way for the Chilean city of La Serena, a place which is famed for its peaceful beach resorts. The city itself also has many attractions, including its collection of beautiful colonial and neo-colonial architecture. Some superb family-friendly places to go are the Corazón Garden, the Plaza de Armas de La Serena, the Our Lady of Mercy Cathedral, and various museums.

Other areas where you will be able to get good visibility during the eclipse include the port city of Coquimbo and the islands of Desventuradas.

Don’t miss: diving inthe newly protected waters surrounding the islands, one of the largest marine reserve in the Americas!

Destination #3 - Argentina

You simply cannot visit Argentina without spending a few nights (at least) in the capital. From the bustling and extremely colourful city of Buenos Aires, you will have superb visibility of the solar eclipse, with over 99% coverage. Or use the capital as your base and head further out to more remote parts (such as Virrey del Pino, Canuelas or Navarro) where 100% coverage will be guaranteed. Whilst there, be sure to check out the city’s top beaches and the streets filled with brightly coloured buildings and street art.

Some of the lesser known areas of Argentina can also provide perfect viewing for the total eclipse. Use the July 2nd 2019 solar eclipse map to find out where.

Don’t miss: immerse yourself into the local culture and get ready to learn Tango and to eat lots of steak! You won’t find better steakhouses anywhere else in the world!

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