The incredible moment total solar eclipse blankets South America as hurricane churns in the Pacific

Mail Online | 4/8/2024 | Cheyenne Macdonald For;Ap
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It’s a scene fit for a Lovecraftian horror – the world darkened by the shadow of the moon as a hurricane rages in the ocean.

A pair of weather satellites captured just that on July 2, when a total solar eclipse swept over South America as Hurricane Barbara churned in the nearby Pacific.

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shared a stunning timelapse of the phenomenon on Tuesday night as seen by its GOES East and West satellites, revealing the moment the moon’s shadow blankets Chile and Argentina in temporary darkness.

‘Not too often you catch a Category 4 hurricane and a solar eclipse occurring in the same satellite loop,’ the Kansas City branch of the National Weather Service tweeted.

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Multiple satellite views show darkness creeping across the southern continent as the eclipse moved toward totality on Tuesday.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun and completely blocks out the sun’s light.

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The eclipse made its first landfall in Chile at 3:22 p.m. (1922 GMT) in La Serena and remained in the partial phase for just over an hour.

The total eclipse began there at 4:38 p.m. and lasted only about 2½...
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