If it sounds like an otherworldly experience, that’s because it’s sure to be. It’s one that thousands have eagerly been preparing for leading up to a Dec. 14 total solar eclipse that will track across Chile and Argentina.
But few will be able to go, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic which have limited travel before the once-in-a-lifetime celestial spectacle.
Even veteran eclipse chasers such as Jay Pasachoff, a professor of astronomy at Williams College, say this year’s eclipse is far from a routine venture for those even able to go.
“This year is the worst,” Pasachoff said.
He’s one of three people globally to hold the world record for eclipse-chasing, having witnessed 35 total solar eclipses since his first in 1959. That one, which he and fellow classmates in his freshman seminar viewed from a plane, left him hooked on what would be a lifelong addiction.
“Each time it gets