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Spectacular Solar Eclipse heading for Patagonia!

December 6, 2016

Watch an annular solar eclipse from Patagonia – the best place in the world to see this natural phenomenon!

What is an annular solar eclipse?

On February 26th 2017 there is due to be an annular solar eclipse. This occurs when the moon passes between the earth and the sun and all that is visible is a bright ‘ring of fire’ around the sun’s circumference. Annular solar eclipses only take place when the moon is a new moon, the moon is at or near a lunar ‘node’ and when the earth, moon and sun are perfectly aligned in a straight line.

Annular solar eclipses can last for a couple of hours from start to finish. As the moon’s shadow slowly comes into view and the sun appears to have a ‘bite’ taken out of it! The moon carries on moving slowly across the sun to completely cover it, except for the bright ring, before moving away from the disc of the sun. ‘Annularity’, the phase where the ‘ring of fire’ is visible, can last up to 12 and a half minutes or could just be a few seconds.

 

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The map above, published by NASA, shows the path of the Annular Solar Eclipse of Feb 26th 2017. The northern and southern path limits are blue and the central line is red. NASA says: “You MUST be somewhere within the central path (between the blue lines) to see the annular phase of the eclipse. The eclipse is longest on the central line (red)”. As you can see, the red section is directly over Patagonia, making it the ideal place to see this spectacular solar performance. Especially in the desert, where there is no light pollution or harmful rays, the eclipse should be outstandingly clear!

One of our specialties at Tango Tours is Patagonia, with an emphasis on the Welsh communities and history.

This luna-cy is taking place in a fascinating and beautiful part of the world, so why not incorporate it into a trip to Argentina? For more information contact us today. 

You’ll be over the moon!

There’s no crater place to be than in Patagonia!

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