Get Ready For the 2019 Solar Eclipse!

On July 2, 2019, a solar eclipse will occur in the southern hemisphere when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth. Totality for the 2019 Solar Eclipse can be seen from the southern portion of the Pacific Ocean, Chile, and Argentina.

Path of Totality

Totality is when the Moon will completely cover the Sun of the eclipse. Totality can be seen from the southern Pacific Ocean in the area east of New Zealand all the way to the Coquimbo Region in Chile and Argentina. The maximum time of Totality will be four minutes and 32 seconds from the Pacific Ocean.


A large portion of the Coquimbo Region and a small part of the Atacama Region in Chile will be able to view Totality. Cities in the path include La Serena, Coquimbo, and La Higuera. ESO’s La Silla Observatory will be hosting eclipse watching for their guests along with talks, seminars, and other activities.


Totality in Argentina can be seen in the cities of San Juan and Rio Cuarto. Totality in Argentina will last a full two minutes. Many wineries in the region will be hosting wine-tasting and eclipse parties.

Pitcairn Islands

All eclips view 2019 solar eclipse e watchers on the small remote British Overseas Territory of Oeno Island will be able to view the total eclipse. One advantage for this Atoll is that before or after the eclipse, eclipse watchers can become bird watchers because Oeno Island is identified as an Important Bird Area for its second largest colony of Murphy’s petrels.

French Polynesia

A partial eclipse can be seen from Tahiti and Bora Bora.

Solar Eclipse Glasses

In order to view 2019 solar eclipse, eclipse watchers must wear certified solar eclipse glasses. Viewers must never look directly at the sun without proper eye protection or risk sun damage to the eyes.

The next solar eclipse to cross this region will be December 14, 2020.