FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — A total solar eclipse will turn parts of South America dark during the daytime on Monday.
A total solar eclipse is when the moon passes between the sun and Earth, covering the sun's light entirely.
Typically, a total solar eclipse lasts up to 2 minutes and 10 seconds depending on your location.
A partial solar eclipse is when the sun's light is covered partially by the moon, as it passes between the sun and the Earth.
At 11:38 a.m. CLST, or 9:38 a.m. EST, the lunar shadow begins over Saavedra, Chile.
Totality begins at 1:00 p.m. CLST, or 11:00 a.m. EST, at Saavedra, Chile.
On Monday, Dec. 14, people in parts of Chile & Argentina will be treated to a total solar eclipse!
Watch live online:
9:40 a.m. EST: Live eclipse images from Chile (no commentary)
10:30 a.m. EST: Spanish-language show with @NASA scientists
— NASA Sun & Space (@NASASun) December 10, 2020
The total eclipse ends at 1:25 p.m. ART, or 11:25 a.m. EST, over Salina del Eje, Argentina.
According to NASA, the average width of the path of totality is 56 miles wide.
Outside of the totality path, a partial solar eclipse will be visible as far north as Ecuador.
You can stream the total solar eclipse here.
The next total solar eclipse will be over South America on December 4, 2021, according to the NASA Fact Sheet.
The next time the United States will experience a total solar eclipse will be April 8, 2024.
To view a solar eclipse safely, you do need special glasses to protect your eyes.
If you do directly look at the sun, you will damage your eyes.
You need to wear special solar eclipse glasses or build your own eclipse projector to view a solar eclipse.