It’s probably too late to book your tickets to Antarctica to watch the moon wipe out the sun there on December 4th (or start on December 3rd depending on where you are), but with a little luck you’ll be able to catch a livestream of the heavenly event.
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon comes between the Earth and the sun and blocks the light from our star. It looks like a dark, round shadow that takes a slowly growing bite from the sun disk. Be aware that you still cannot look directly at the sun. Be sure to give yourself one.
This is how you see (at least part of) the eclipse
The total eclipse will only be visible in Antarctica. But NASA notes that “viewers in parts of Saint Helena, Namibia, Lesotho, South Africa, South Georgia and the Sandwich Islands, the Crozet Islands, the Falkland Islands, Chile, New Zealand and Australia will see a partial solar eclipse on 4 December.”
Go to Timeanddate.com to check the eclipse map and get the timing for your location if you are within the restricted view area.
NASA warns that many of the qualified sites will capture the action before, during or after sunrise or sunset, meaning that “viewers will need to have a clear view of the horizon during sunrise or sunset to see the eclipse.”
Livestream the total solar eclipse
Weather permitting, NASA hopes to livestream the eclipse from Union Glacier, Antarctica, starting at 1 p.m. 22:30 PT on December 3 (01:30 ET on December 4). NASA’s feed is courtesy of JM Pasachoff Antarctic Expedition.
This may not be the most comfortable eclipse ever, but a total solar eclipse is always worth witnessing, even if you can not be there in person.