You probably remember the 2017 total solar eclipse that ran across the country from Oregon to South Carolina. It's a spectacular sight when you're in the line of totality. For anyone who enjoyed the celestial show, there's good news and bad news. The good news is there will be another total solar eclipse on Tuesday, July 2. The bad news is that you're not going to be able to see it from North America, at least not in person.
The 2019 installment will spend most of its time over the South Pacific Ocean, but it will hit land to cross Chile and Argentina around an hour before sunset. A partial solar eclipse will be visible in Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil, Colombia, Panama, and Venezuela, per NASA. So, for residents of the United States, Canada, and Mexico, the only options for watching the spectacle are either a serious last-minute trip or watching online. We can help with the latter.
The eclipse will only cross land for about six minutes with viewers on the ground getting up to four minutes and three seconds of visibility, according to NASA. Despite the tight time frame, it could produce dazzling images. The Great American Eclipse in 2017 was largely visible high in the sky. Because of the late hour when the total eclipse reaches Chile and Argentina, it will be lower in the sky and will be seen over mountain ranges in some areas.