The broadcasts are particularly fortunate, given that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic means eclipse-chasing is not safe this year. The eclipse will begin at 8:33 a.m. EST (1333 GMT) and conclude at 1:53 p.m. EST (1853 GMT), with totality lasting at most 2 minutes and 10 seconds. The narrow path of totality will cross from Saavedra, Chile, to Salina del Eje, Argentina; otherwise the total eclipse will cross over the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
NASA will be broadcasting the eclipse, with camera views from Chile beginning at 9:40 a.m. EST (1440 GMT). At 10:30 a.m. EST (1530 GMT), NASA will begin a narrated program for the event in Spanish. Both will be available to watch here at Space.com courtesy of NASA or directly through the agency’s website.
The Slooh online observatory will also livestream the solar eclipse, with a star party beginning at 9:30 a.m. EST (1430 GMT) and broadcast on the group’s Facebook page. Coverage will end at 12:45 p.m. EST (1745 GMT).
Thanks to a partnership with the Institute of Astrophysics of Pontificia Universidad Catolica, Slooh will be sharing views from Volcán Villarrica, one of Chile’s most active volcanoes. But this time, the activity will be coming from above, with narration by a host of astronomers and eclipse chasers.
Time and Date will also be broadcasting eclipse views throughout the event on their website beginning at 9:30 a.m. EST (1430 GMT); the Virtual Telescope Project is also planning a livestream with details to be announced.
The next total solar eclipse will occur on Dec. 4, 2021 but will only be visible to a swath of Antarctica.
Visit Space.com on Dec. 14 for complete coverage of the only total solar eclipse of 2020.
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