Totality Reports from South America

After July 2019’s total solar eclipse, widely viewed under fortuitously favorable skies across central Chile and Argentina, legions of “eclipsophiles” looked forward to the next opportunity to stand in the Moon’s shadow: December 14, 2020. The path would again cross South America — but this time at the height of austral summer, with generally favorable weather predictions. Thousands of trips were booked for cruises and land tours in anticipation.

This globe shows the path of the solar eclipse on December 14, 2020.
Gregg Dinderman / S&T; source: Fred Espenak

And then COVID-19 arrived, forcing the cancellation of virtually all of those