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Solar Eclipse Guide 2019: When, Where And How To Watch Celestial Event

It’s out! The schedule on when to expect the next solar eclipses this 2019 has been confirmed and the Moon is expected to greet the Sun in two more months this year, which would be visible to the human eye in several areas in the U.S. and across the world. 

On Jan. 5 and 6, skywatchers from northeast Asia and the north Pacific saw the first partial eclipse of the year. But for those who missed it or did not have the chance to see the event, a total solar eclipse will follow on July 2, Space.com reported Thursday.

However, July’s celestial event will only be visible over South America and the Pacific Ocean. 

The final chance to see how to Moon meets the Sun will be on Dec. 26. NASA said an annular solar eclipse will occur over Saudi Arabia, India and southeast Asia by end of the year. 

But it will also appear as a partial eclipse over other parts of Asia and Australia on the same date. 

Solar Eclipse 2019: More Detailed Events 

The eclipse on July 2 will appear over the South Pacific Ocean, Chile and Argentina. This total solar eclipse is expected to last for up to 4 minutes and 33 seconds. 

Those on the Oeno Island in the South Pacific Ocean will get to see first the totality of the eclipse before it reaches the coast of Chile and other areas. The total eclipse will also appear over the Andes mountains and graze San Juan in Argentina and Montevideo in Uruguay.

The Moon’s shadow will again cover some cities on Dec. 26 and it will give the "ring of fire" eclipse. The third and final solar eclipse of the year will be visible to those in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, India, Sumatra, Borneo, Guam and the Philippines. 

There will be also a partial eclipse over Asia, Australia and Africa.

During this eclipse, the Moon will cross directly in front of the Sun and will last 2 minutes and 59 seconds.

The ring of fire eclipse will first appear in northeast of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. But it will best to see the event over Guam, where the eclipse will last for more than 3 minutes and the Sun will set before the partial phase of the eclipse has ended. 

Don’t forget to use protective eyewear or eclipse glasses when watching these events. Looking directly to the Sun can cause blindness and other permanent eye damage. 

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