Countless tourists have traveled to the areas across northern Chile to get the perfect viewing spot to witness Tuesday’s total solar eclipse. It all began at approximately 10:24 a.m. local time (2:24 p.m. ET) in the South Pacific and is expected to sweep along a 6,800-mile path across the open waters to Chile and Argentina. Those are the only places where the total eclipse will be seen, or at least in person, but for those who just happen to be online right now, NASA has a live feed of exactly what’s going on. Read more for the live video and additional information.
The total solar eclipse is expected to make its first landfall in Chile at 3:22 p.m. (3:22 p.m. ET) in La Serena, a city that’s normally inhabitated by a mere 200,000 people, but so far this week, the over 300,000 visitors has forced the local water company to increase output and service gas stations to store extra fuel. “I came to La Serena to watch the total eclipse with a friend following a recommendation. They told me that nothing compares to a solar eclipse, so that’s why we’re here. We’re super excited,” said Stephanie Bouckurt from the United States.