25 January 2022,   18:07
Narrow Swath of South America sees total eclipse of the sun

A narrow 96-kilometer-wide corridor from the Pacific Coast in Chile across the Andes mountain range and into Argentina in South America was treated Monday to views of the final total solar eclipse of 2020, writes VOA.

A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, casting a shadow that momentarily extinguishes daylight on Earth.

The Chilean health ministry issued protective eyewear for safe viewing of the eclipse, along with face masks and sanitizer to keep people safe from COVID-19.

The weather was better in Argentina, though the path of the eclipse there went through sparsely populated areas of the Patagonia Desert.

The next total solar eclipse will occur over Antarctica on December 4, 2021.