MILLIONS will get the chance to see the first solar eclipse of 2022 this weekend – although it will only be a partial one.
Unfortunately, most of us won’t be in the right place to catch it, but those in the southern tip of South America, particularly Chile, are in for a heavenly surprise.
Eclipses happen when the moon passes in front of the sun from a certain angle visible to the earth.
It starts on Saturday at around 4.30 p.m. local time.
It reaches maximum visibility an hour later, at the moment when the moon is closest to the center of the sun and looks like a piece has been bitten out.
The event should last about an hour and a half in total.
It will also be visible on the other side Antarcticas well as the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans – not many people are in those parts to see it.
The region was hit by a rare total solar eclipse in December last year.
As with any solar eclipse, direct unaided eye viewing can damage your vision.
So anyone lucky enough to witness the eclipse must wear special goggles.
Ordinary sunglasses are not strong enough to protect you.
Alternatively there will be some live streams to see for everyone to see.
The next solar eclipse is scheduled to take place in October, which will be visible in more populated areas.
These include Europe, Northeast Africa, the Middle East and Western Asia.
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