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Total Solar Eclipse - July 2, 2019 | by NASA Goddard Photo and Video
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Total Solar Eclipse - July 2, 2019

The diamond ring effect is seen during a total solar eclipse on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, directly over the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory. The observatory is located in the foothills of the Andes, 7,241 feet (2200 meters) above sea level in the Coquimbo Region of northern Chile. A total and partial solar eclipse was visible across parts of Chile and Argentina, while a partial eclipse was visible across much of South America.


As the Moon closes in over the Sun’s face and the last bits of sunlight pass through the valleys on the Moon's limb, the faint corona around the Sun is just becoming visible, and it looks like a ring with a glittering diamond.


Credit: NASA/Goddard/Rebecca Roth


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Taken on July 2, 2019