The first whole photo voltaic eclipse since 2017 darkened the heavens over Chile and Argentina on Tuesday as tens of hundreds of vacationers and locals gaped skyward.

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Vacationers from around the globe gathered to witness the spectacle.

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The eclipse made its first look over Chile at 3:22 p.m. above La Serena, a metropolis of some 200,000 folks the place the arrival of greater than 300,000 guests compelled the native water firm to extend output and repair fuel stations to retailer further gas. Police and well being providers have been additionally strengthened.

The full eclipse started there at 4:38 p.m., and lasted about two and a half minutes.

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Northern Chile is thought for clear skies, and a number of the largest, strongest telescopes on Earth are being constructed within the space, turning the South American nation into a world astronomy hub.

The city of La Higuera was plunged into darkness.

“We hope this milestone will rework [the town] right into a vacationer attraction, in order that guests … can come to La Higuera and take an image the place there as soon as was a complete solar eclipse,” Mayor Yerko Galleguillos stated.

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City officers distributed greater than 2,000 cardboard-frame protecting eyeglasses at native colleges and group facilities.

The Related Press contributed to this text. 

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