Thousands gather in Chile to witness the eclipse

Thousands gather in Chile to witness the eclipse

The moon covers the sun during a solar eclipse in Piedra del Aguila, Argentina

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Many people gather to witness a solar eclipse in La Araucania, Chile, enjoying a rare experience despite limited visibility due to the cloudy skies.

The sky was clear in northern Patagonia, Argentina, where people briefly block the moon from the sun and the day falls into darkness.

Many people wore masks to prevent the spread of Kovid-19 in some parts of Pucon, 430 miles south of Santiago, the capital of Chile, and elsewhere in La Araucania.

“It was worth two minutes,” said Diego Fuentes, who traveled south with his family to see the eclipse.

“I loved it, it’s good to have clouds, because we can see a little bit without glasses,” said Catalina Morales, a girl who witnessed the eclipse with her father, Christian Morales.

He described it as “an amazing, unique experience.”

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A Mapuche local family uses special glasses to observe and observe a solar eclipse in Carahua, La Araucania.

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When the sun was completely covered by the moon, thousands of people jumped and screamed. When the sun appeared again, the people cried again.

During short periods of darkness, only the lights of mobile phones can be seen.

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About 500,000 Mapuche natives live in La Aracania. They have traditionally believed that an eclipse indicates the transient death of the sun after a fight with the moon, which in turn leads to negative events.

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Diego Anglao, a member of the Mapuche community and head of a local foundation that promotes development, commented that the total solar eclipse in July 2019 was followed by civil strife in Chile followed by a corona virus pandemic.

Experts say partial eclipses are visible in many other Latin American countries, parts of Africa and parts of the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.

The next total solar eclipse in Chile is expected in 28 years. Another is expected to appear in Antarctica by the end of 2021.

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