File under: Never Gets Old. In December 2020 we saw our second total solar eclipse and it moved and wowed us every bit as much as the first total solar eclipse we saw in 2019. Here are Eric’s favorite shots from the December 2020 total solar eclipse in Argentina.

December 2020 total solar eclipse phases

From left to right: all of the phases of the December 2020 total solar eclipse in Argentina.

Thanks to the PhotoPills App, we knew that full totality would occur for two minutes and nine seconds near a dot on the map called Catan Lil. Because this eclipse took place during the Covid-19 pandemic, there were only a small number of other skywatchers at this spot and everyone was socially-distanced.

PhotoPills eclipse 2020

We used the PhotoPills App to plan our viewing spot on the narrow centerline of totality (marked by the grey arcing bar crossing the map). We chose the spot marked by the red pin.

Eric total solar eclipse Patagonia

Because our viewing location for the December 2020 total solar eclipse was in the Patagonia region of Argentina, we had to contend with very windy conditions. Note the bag of rocks used to try to hold Eric’s tripod steady. What you can’t see is our truck rocking in the wind.

December 2020 total solar eclipse begins

The first stage of the December 2020 total solar eclipse.

December 2020 total solar eclipse partial

A partial eclipse on the way to full totality.

December 2020 total solar eclipse toward totality

Various partial phases getting closer to totality.

December 2020 total solar eclipse baily's beads

An instant before (and after) totality a phenomenon known as Baily’s Beads is visible. This is caused by the first rays of light seen through hills and craters on the moon.

December 2020 Total Solar Eclipse

During totality, it’s briefly safe to look at the sun without eye protection.

total solar eclipse Landscape Composite

A composite of eclipse phases over the Patagonian landscape.

total solar eclipse prominence

These red flares are called solar prominences and they’re caused by plasma shooting tens of thousands of miles out of the sun. Each solar prominence is so massive that the earth would be just a fleck within it.

solar eclipse totality Argentina

Full totality lasted for two minutes and nine seconds.

solar eclipse chromosphere

The sun’s chromosphere becomes visible during totality.

diamond ring December 2020 total solar eclipse

This Diamond Ring phase is a phenomenon that occurs just before and just after totality.

cloudy solar eclipse

Towards the end of the eclipse, clouds rolled in which meant the very end of the process wasn’t visible.

Patagonia Eclipse 2020 Argentina

Phases of the solar eclipse that we saw over the Patagonia region of Argentina.

Want to get shots like these of the next solar eclipse that you witness? Don’t miss our comprehensive post about how to photograph a solar eclipse.

 

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