Up to 54% of the Sun was blocked by the Moon yesterday just before sunset, seen from parts of South America. The maximum of this partial solar eclipse occurred in the Drake Passage between mainland South America and Antarctica, but was observed primarily from Chile and Argentina.
From the Pacific coast of Chile, it was even possible to see the rare spectacle of a “horned sun” at sunset. During the eclipse, the Moon appeared to cross the upper half of the Sun from left to right – south to north – before sinking below the horizon.
You can watch a full Chile eclipse response courtesy of Timeanddate.com:
Eclipse photographer Jörg Schoppmeyer was one of the few solar eclipse photographers in Viña del Mar, Chile to capture the rare sight of an eclipsed sunset over the Pacific Ocean. His dramatic photos are at the top of this article, but he also shot this amazing video and snapped this great image:
American astronomer Professor Jay Pasachoff was also in Viña del Mar, where he took this image of the eclipse at the start:
Here’s the full event near Santiago, Chile, courtesy of the Instituto de Astrofísica de la Universidad Católica:
Sunspots were visible during the eclipse, indicating a more active Sun. The Sun is currently growing toward “solar maximum” in the mid-202s. The full solar cycle lasts about 11 years.
The eclipse saw the Moon move into an alignment that will also cause a “Blood Moon” total lunar eclipse at the next full Moon. On Sunday, May 15 and through Monday, May 16, 2022, the full “Flower Moon” will take on a spectacular reddish color for 84 minutes and is best seen in North and South America.
when is the next solar eclipse? Saturday’s event was the first solar eclipse of 2022, but not the last. On October 25, 2022, the United Kingdom will see around 15% of the Sun blocked by the Moon while in Russia, close to the maximum, it will be more like 80%.
Although Saturday’s event was impressive, a partial solar eclipse does not compare to the spectacle of a total solar eclipse. Only during a total solar eclipse can observers get a brief, naked-eye view of the corona. Even a 99% partial solar eclipse is nothing compared to a total solar eclipse. You cannot compare the two.
While a view of the Sun’s corona – revealed only for precious moments of totality – is the grand prize for eclipse hunters, the immense scale of any solar eclipse is still incredible to be a part of.
The next total solar eclipse will occur on April 20, 2023 when the Exmouth Peninsula in Western Australia. Timor Leste and West Papua are visited by the shadow of the Moon. It will bring up to 76 seconds of precious totality.
The next total solar eclipse across North America occurs on April 8, 2024 when a 125-mile-wide path of totality visits Mexico, 13 US states and Canada. On this day, the Moon will block the Sun for 4 minutes 28 seconds.
An eclipse expert has calculated that a staggering 31,625,000 people in the United States currently live inside the path of this total solar eclipse. This will likely be the largest total solar eclipse in most Americans’ lifetimes, as it’s the last major until 2045.
Disclaimer: I am the editor of WhenIsTheNextEclipse.com and author of “The Complete Guide to the Great North American Eclipse of April 8, 2024.”
I wish you clear skies and big eyes.