On Tuesday morning, the sun came over Oeno Island, a normally uninhabited coral atoll in the South Pacific, as a black hole in the sky, studded with pale light-whiskers.
And thus began again one of the great spectacles available to the inhabitants of the earth. The great cosmic rinse cycle of death and rebirth. Dying and Returning the light against an ethereal wallpaper of the stars. A total eclipse.  Enlist to include reminders for space and astronomy events in your calendar. .
Every two years or so In their incessant rhythmic dances through the sky, sun, moon and earth are lined up like cosmic billiard balls. Somewhere along a narrow arc of the earth – this time in Chile and Argentina – the shadow of the moon sweeps over the world, the day dies, colors melt and dissolve the landscape, the stars emerge from the sudden twilight, animals sleep and wake up Temperature, the wind is blowing. The whole shadow moving at a thousand miles an hour is surrounded by a rainbow wall.
Anchored by a circle of blackness, spooky rays of light from the sun, known as corona, spread like a butterfly on a lepidopteran board.
It's such a brief, and at the most a few minutes, and spiritually violent revelation that adults often cry inexplicably, cry and then book flights to the nearest eclipse location as soon as they can.
The last total solar eclipse on this planet was in August 2017, when the darkness at noon swept from coast to coast across the continental United States. The next one will take place in December 2020 in Argentina.
For most of the next two hours after leaving Oeno Island, the solar eclipse on Tuesday was a show reserved for harbor porpoises and occasional Eclipse cruises. It followed a path to the northeast with its maximum load of four minutes of darkness, which was missing only on Easter Island – now it would be a place where time would melt away! Then he turned southeast, his shadow no longer beating the land until he reached La Serena in Chile. It sprinted across the Atacama Desert and Argentina before ending over the Atlantic at sunset .
Coincidentally, this last part of the solar eclipse in Chile hosts some of the largest and most modern observatories in the world, including Southern Observatory Observatory, operated by the European Observatory La Silla, and Cerro Tololo Inter -American Observatory based in La Serena. Not that you need a telescope with a diameter of 8 meters to see the sun.
Photographers and astronomers lined up in the Atacama Desert, waiting for the sun to spread its wings on its examination table.
Astronomers are particularly interested In the corona, a mandala of energetic hot gases flies from the solar surface and fills the inner solar system with radioactivity and magnetic turbulence. But it can only be seen if the solar disk is hidden because the corona is too weak – about as bright as a full moon – to be seen against the gross glare of the full sun.
You want to know how the corona is wound up at temperatures of a million degrees, which are a thousand times hotter than the sun itself, perhaps because they are squeezed by magnetic fields near the surface, suggesting the complexity and violence which is associated with living with a star.