For any space or science aficionado, a solar eclipse is a riveting experience because it marks a unique and rare moment in physics, our galaxy and the universe as a whole.
NASA explains there are three key types of solar eclipses — total, partial and annular — however, all three bear some of the basic ingredients of an eclipse in that the moon blocks our view of the sun since our planet, moon and the star at the centre of our galaxy all align in a spectacular trio. It’s a crisp line dance of nature and cosmos.
The upcoming mesmerising eclipse on February 26, 2017 is going to be an annular one, meaning that the moon is at its farthest point from Earth and as a result, appears much smaller. The eclipse, therefore, does not entirely block out the sun, but rather forms beautiful rings as a dark disk hovers inside of the vibrant, amber sun circle. The moon’s outer shadow, the penumbra, will still reach the Earth.
Persuing the eclipse in Patagonia
Patagonia, Argentina is arguably among the most ideal location on the planet to see this wonder of nature, because it is in a prime South American spot that provides a better magnitude of the eclipse. This means that a larger proportion of the sun will be covered, increasing the quality of the ‘disc’ or ‘ring’ formation. Glimpsing the eclipse from this geographical spot will offer a far more exceptional vista, perfect for photographing and filming this spectacle.
Back in 2010 on July 11, Patagonia was also an idyllic spot for witnessing the total eclipse and many astrophysicists and photographers travelled to this Argentinean region to capture the momentous occasion. Videos and photos of the eclipse showcase how genuinely stunning and visually impressive an eclipse can be.
Make the most of this rare marvel by heading to Patagonia on an Aurora expedition. We have a range of Discovery Treks you can embark on to enjoy this eclipse, including additional highlights such as admiring the Perito Moreno Glacier as well as towering Cerro Torre and Cerro Fitz Roy natural wonders. Immerse yourself in temperate rainforests, from which ice-tipped granite spires rise up like soaring ridges. You will also get a chance to see wildlife, as herds of Guanaco meander through the pampas.
Our team of experts are also skilled with photography, and could share several filming and shooting tips with you to ensure you get a flawless image capture of the eclipse.