The hotels, hostels and campsites are already booked up, travel agencies are busy working out how to get people to the best viewing sites, restaurants are discussing how to manage the influx of people who will travel to our town to see the phenomenon that is a total solar eclipse in December 2020.
What an event! We feel so lucky that it will happen right here in our very own home town. It may seem very far in the future but don’t leave it any longer if you plan to come to see it.
First of all, let’s find out a bit more about why eclipses are so special?
Solar eclipses happen when the sun passes between the land and the sun, totally, or partially, darkening the image of the sun as we see if from the earth. A total eclipse happens when the apparent diameter of the moon is bigger than the sun, therefore totally blocking the direct sun light out.
A total eclipse happens in a relatively narrow strip just 100km wide. This zone travels over the surface because of the rotation of the Earth and it always goes from west to east, forming a «total strip». On both sides of the strip, in an area covering thousands of kilometers, a partial eclipse will be observed.
The total eclipse on 14 December, 2020 will be visible from Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay as you can see in the trajectory map below. The northern and southern path limits are blue, and the central trajectory of the eclipse is in red. You must be somewhere between the blue lines to see the total phase of the eclipse, and the duration will be longest on the central red line. The yellow lines indicate the time and position of maximum eclipse at 10-minute intervals.
Indicated by the GE green marker, the maximum duration of this eclipse will be just under 2 minutes 10 seconds, and that will be in central Argentina. However, the maximum duration in Pucón will be 2 minutes 8 seconds! Argentina is a fantastic country and we do love our neighbors, but Pucón is the tourism adventure capital of Chile so a stay with us here will allow for a huge range of activities available to you before and after the eclipse event itself.
So, we know have now convinced you! You have chosen to come to Pucón, but where will be the best vantage point from which to see the total eclipse?
What can be better than combining the once in a lifetime Villarrica volcano ascent with viewing a total solar eclipse? The crater of the volcano is a 2847 masl and the hike itself ascends 1000 meters from the base. Summiting Villarrica volcano is an outstanding experience, so this mega combo is a no brainer! The altitude will make you feel on top of the world as you marvel at this natural phenomenon. You need to be in a good physical state to take on the ascent and all reservations must be made and confirmed way in advance. If you are interested in forming part of this elite group get in touch heretoday with Sol y Nieve Travel Adventure. Numbers will be limited!
Ok, you like the sound of getting higher than sea level to see the eclipse, but the Villarrica volcano ascent sounds a bit too far outside of your comfort zone? Sol y Nievehas a country ranch located 30 minutes from Pucón at 720 masl. On an average normal day the ranch has stunning views of Villarrica and Lanin volcanoes, plus the surrounding valleys and lakes. Add the total eclipse into the mix, plus a barbecue, horse riding options, delicious wine and great company and we think we know where you will be heading! Numbers will be limited so send a mail hereif you are interested in this option!
Right, so you are now all set to reserve, but you will hit the problem that accommodation in the area is pretty much already booked out! However, don’t despair, Sol y Nievehas some rental options that can be explored according to group size and budget. Please detail your group requirements and the dates you would like to stay in the contact form hereand we will get back to you with the availability.
Pucón and Sol y Nievelook forward to welcoming you to share this rare natural phenomenon in our corner of the world!
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Eclipse Predictions by Fred Espenak, NASA’s GSFC.
Predictions for the Total Solar Eclipse of 2020 Dec 14 were generated using the JPL DE405 solar and lunar ephemerides and a value of ΔT = 69.5 seconds.
The eclipse predictions presented here DO NOT include the effects of mountains and valleys along the edge of the Moon. Such corrections for the lunar limb profile may shift the limits of the eclipse path north or south by ~1-3 kilometers, and change the eclipse duration by ~1-3 seconds. More detailed predictions including the effects of the lunar limb profile are normally posted 12-18 months before each eclipse.