The only one of this year total solar eclipse will take place tomorrow morning, plunging parts of Antarctica into darkness for two minutes, NASA has said.

The rare spectacle of the moon blocking out the sun will reach its greatest extent at around 07:33 GMT for viewers near the edge of Antarctica’s Ronne Ice Shelf.

The eclipse will provide a short respite from the long summer’s day Antarctica has been experiencing since October — in fact, the sun won’t set there again until April.  

While this may go largely missed, viewers elsewhere in the southern hemisphere including parts of Australia, Chile and New Zealand, will see a partial eclipse.

Solar eclipses only occur roughly every six months, because the moon doesn’t quite orbit in the same plane around the Earth as it goes around the sun.

On top of this, total solar eclipses are about three times rarer and are only seen by those in the 60–160-mile-wide path of the moon’s shadow.

The next total solar eclipse will not occur until April 8, 2024 but, unlike Saturday’s event, it will be widely visible in parts of Canada, Mexico and the United States.

In Europe, meanwhile, a total solar eclipse is not expected to occur this century.

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 This year’s only total solar eclipse will take place tomorrow morning, plunging parts of Antarctica into darkness for two minutes, NASA have said. Pictured: a total solar eclipse

The rare spectacle of the moon blocking out the sun will reach its greatest extent at around 07:33 GMT for viewers near the edge of Antarctica's Ronne Ice Shelf

Viewers near Antarctica will see the rare phenomenon of the moon blocking out sunlight at approximately 07:33 GMT. Ronne Ice Shelf


Even if you are partially or completely obscured by the Sun, it is not safe to gaze directly at it. 

You must use eclipse glasses or solar viewing sunglasses to see a partial sun eclipse. 

These glasses can be used to see the sun or for observing eclipses.

Sunscreens are unsafe for regular sunglasses.

You can only remove your eclipse or solar viewing glasses if you’re in the path of total solar eclipse. 

If you don’t have solar viewing or eclipse glasses, you can use an alternate indirect method, such as a pinhole projector. 

Pinhole projectors shouldn’t be used to look directly at the Sun, but instead to project sunlight onto a surface. 


The moon’s passage between Earth and Sun causes a solar eclipse. It casts shadows on Earth. You will find a variety of types. They vary depending on how obscured the Sun is to the viewer at a specific location.

To have a total eclipse of the sun, all celestial bodies should be aligned in one direction.

Viewers can see that the sky turns very dark just like dawn and dusk. However, it might also appear as if the sun’s corona (or outer atmosphere) is visible around the moon.

The Sun’s bright face can often cover the corona.

An annual solar eclipse is a similar phenomenon. The moon appears smaller than the sun and fails to block the sunlight completely, leaving an ‘annular circle’ around the sun at times of maximum eclipse. 

North America will be affected by the next annular solar eclipse on October 14, 2023.

NASA said that while the total solar eclipse of tomorrow will probably go virtually unnoticed, there will be some locations in southern hemisphere which will still enjoy a spectacular show.

It stated that viewers will not be able to witness the complete solar eclipse in some locations, but they will experience a partial eclipse at other places. blog post.

It happens when Earth, Moon, Sun and Moon are not perfectly aligned. It will make the Sun appear darker than it actually is.

The space agency said that viewers in South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho and South Georgia, South Georgia, South Georgia, South Georgia, Sandwich Islands and Crozet Islands and Falkland Islands will be able to see the partial solar eclipse of December 4th.

For spectators in Australia, of all the capital cities it is Hobart that will enjoy the largest eclipse — but at most only 11 per cent of the sun’s area will be obscured.

The figure in Melbourne will decrease to just two percent, and Canberra will see the eclipse barely because the sun is crossing the horizon when it is at its maximum.

New Zealand’s South Island is expected to see an identical show. Invercargill will be able to view only four percent of the Sun, while Queenstown will have 0.7 percent north. 

HobartAEDT MelbourneAEDT CanberraAEDT InvercargillNZDT QueenstownNZDT
Eclipse is here 7:34pm 7:53pm 7:57pm 9:12pm 9:14pm
Maximum Eclipse 8:06pm 8:12pm 8:02pm 9:18pm 9:16pm
The amount of the sun that is obscured 11% 2% 0.6% 4% 0.7%
Sunset 8:35pm 8:29pm 8:05pm 9:25pm 9:18pm
While tomorrow's eclipse may go largely missed in Antarctica (pictured) , viewers elsewhere in the hemisphere, including parts of Australia, Chile and New Zealand, will see a partial eclipse

Tomorrow’s partial eclipse will be visible for viewers in other parts of the hemisphere.

NASA warns that partial eclipses will be visible in these places at either sunset or dawn.

To see the actual eclipse, you will need to be in a good position to view the horizon.

NASA plans to stream live, weather permitting, a view from Antarctica’s Union Glacier as the total solar eclipse, both simultaneously on YouTubeAnd the NASA site.

The stream — provided by the JM Pasachoff Antarctic Expedition — will start at 1:30 am EST (6:30 am GMT) on December 4 and run until 3:37 am EST (8:37 am GMT).

The totality of the universe will start at 2:44 EST (7:00 GMT).


On April 8, 2024, the next US solar eclipse occurs. It will pass from Texas to Maine and Montreal can also see it.  

After that, the next total solar eclipse will occur on August 12, 2026. It will be visible from Greenland and Iceland as well as Spain, Spain, Northeastern Portugal, and Greenland. 

Graphic showing the solar eclipses that will take place around the world between 2018 and 2040. The next US solar eclipse will take place on April 8th, 2024, passing from Texas to Maine, with the Canadian city of Montreal being able to see the totality as well

The graphic below shows the global solar eclipses between 2018-2040. On April 8, 2024, the next US solar eclipse passes from Texas to Maine. Montreal, Canada, will be able to witness the completeity.

On September 2nd, 2035,  a large number of people in China, northern Japan and Korea will witness a total solar eclipse. 

The greatest number of solar eclipses in Australia will occur between 2023-2038. There will be five total solar eclipses visible on the continent from April 20th, 2023, and December 26th 2038.