You can watch the sun disappear and reappear from view in just one spectacular minute.
A new video (available on YouTube in 4K) offers a stunning view of the 2021 solar eclipse that occurred on Saturday (December 4). Although totality was only visible in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, the video offers a privileged view of the moon covering the face of the sun as seen from Union Glacier.
Penguins, some research scientists, and a couple of sightseeing flights were probably the only people who saw the total eclipse, given the isolated nature of Antarctica. The video comes from the JM Pasachoff Antarctic Expedition, which captured stunning views of the total solar eclipse on a live stream that fortunately had good weather to share the show virtually.
Related: The Only Total Solar Eclipse Of 2021 In Pictures: Amazing Photos From Antarctica
(Image credit: Theo Boris / Christian Lockwood / JM Pasachoff Antarctic Expedition / NASA TV)
Total solar eclipses only appear on a small swath of the Earth due to the narrowness of the moon’s shadow. During this eclipse, the totality phase was visible for less than 2 minutes in Antarctica, although sky watchers in the southernmost regions of Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, and South Africa could detect partial eclipses.
While solar eclipses are relatively rare, they move to different parts of the world and allow various populations a chance to see them.
The next total solar eclipse, on April 20, 2023, will pass through South and East Asia, according to NASA’s eclipse site. A total solar eclipse will also occur on April 8, 2024, crossing parts of North America and Central America.
Partial eclipses are easier to detect. On April 30, 2022, one will be visible from the southeastern Pacific Ocean and parts of South America. Another partial solar eclipse will occur on October 25, 2022 in parts of Europe, Northeast Africa, the Middle East, and Western Asia.
Additionally, an annular “ring of fire” solar eclipse on October 14, 2023 will be visible from North America, South America, and Central America.
You can prepare for those solar eclipses with our guide on how to photograph a solar eclipse safely. Our best cameras for astrophotography and the best lenses for astrophotography guides will help you choose the best equipment to prepare for the next solar eclipse as well.
Editor’s Note: If you take an amazing photo of a solar eclipse and want to share it with Space.com readers, please send your photo (s), comments, and your name and location to spacepramio@.
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