Year’s only total solar eclipse sweeps across Chile, Argentina today

For stargazers far and wide, Monday marked the astronomic equivalent of the Super Bowl — a total solar eclipse swept across South America, treating a narrow swath of Chile and Argentina to an ephemeral display of unmatched scientific elegance and natural beauty.

While coronavirus restrictions challenged exactly who could view the eclipse — and where — thousands of international visitors were expected to flock to the path of totality in Chile. Argentina, still grappling with elevated coronavirus cases, kept its borders closed to foreign travelers.

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