Total solar eclipse plunges Antarctica into rare darkness

A total solar eclipse plunged western Antarctica into momentary darkness early Saturday in a rare astronomical spectacle.

The earth's southernmost continent experiences continual daylight from mid-October until early April, but the eclipse brought a few minutes of total darkness.

A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon moves between the Sun and Earth, casting a shadow on Earth, fully or partially blocking the Sun's light in some areas.

For a total eclipse to take place the Sun, Moon, and Earth must be in a direct line. The only place that this total eclipse could be seen was Antarctica.

The eclipse was partially visible from South Africa, Chile, New Zealand and Australia on Saturday.

(Source: Reuters) 
 


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