ANTARCTICA PLUNGES INTO DARKNESS DURING TOTAL ECLIPSE

ANTARCTICA PLUNGES INTO DARKNESS DURING TOTAL ECLIPSE

By Glen S. Ramos

MANILA — The continent of Antarctica was placed into a sudden period of total darkness early Saturday, December 4, 2021, during a total solar eclipse witnessed by scientists and observers covering the rare astronomical spectacle in Antarctica.

Raul Cordero of the University of Santiago de Chile (USACH) said that the visibility was excellent. Our team was on-site to witness “totality” at 0746 GMT, with the “ring of fire” phase lasting just over 40 seconds,” he stated.

Solar eclipses occur when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, casting its shadow on Earth. For the eclipse to be total, the Sun, Moon, and Earth must be directly aligned.

Totality was visible and only witnessed in Antarctica.

The phenomenon was streamed live by NASA from the Union Glacier camp in Antarctica, the eclipse began at 0700 GMT as the Moon began to move in front of the Sun, coming to an end at 0806 GMT. (ai/mtvn)

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