Total Solar Eclipse of July 2, 2019


A total solar eclipse will be visible on July 2, 2019, from South Pacific, Chile, and Argentina.

The instant of greatest eclipse takes place at 19:22 UTC, 2.4 days before the Moon reaches perigee. During the eclipse, the Sun is in the constellation Gemini. The synodic month in which the eclipse takes place has a Brown Lunation Number of 1194.

The eclipse belongs to the Saros 127 and is number 58 of 82 eclipses in the series. All eclipses in this series occur at the Moon's ascending node. The Moon moves southward with respect to the node with each succeeding eclipse in the series and gamma decreases.

This is a relatively long total eclipse with a duration of the greatest eclipse of 4 minutes and 33 seconds and an eclipse magnitude of 1.0459, NASA's eclipse specialist Fred Espenak noted.

The next eclipse is partial lunar eclipse on July 16, 2019.

To bring live views to people across the world, NASA has partnered with Exploratorium and will livestream three views via separate players on the agency’s website (all times UTC/EDT):

  • Live views from telescopes in Vicuna, Chile, presented without audio, from 19:00 – 22:00 UTC / 15:00 – 18:00 EDT.
  • A one-hour program with live commentary in English, from 20:00 – 21:00 UTC / 16:00 to 17:00 EDT.
  • A one-hour program with live commentary in Spanish, from 20:00 – 21:00 UTC / 16:00 to 17:00 EDT.

NASA Television will also carry the English-language program on its public channel. Both programs will feature updates from NASA’s Parker Solar Probe and Magnetospheric Multiscale missions.

Credit: ESO

Featured image: This artist’s impression shows how the total solar eclipse of July 2, 2019 could appear from ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile if there are no clouds. Credit: ESO

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