Thousands witnessed the South Pacific Total Eclipse

Written by: on 12th July 2010 |
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Thousands witnessed the South Pacific Total Eclipse  | read this item

Thousands of tourists, scientists, businessman, and ordinary people gathered on Chile’s Easter Island to witness the total Solar Eclipse.

The eclipse ended over southern parts of Chile and Argentina. It was only visible from small sections of land.

The eclipse started at 6:15 PM GMT about 440 miles (700 kilometers) south-east of Tonga, and reached Easter Island by 8:11 PM GMT.

The population of the island doubled to about 8,000 for the event. A lot of people from different countries traveled to Chile and gathered to witness this maybe once-in-a-lifetime event.

A number of weather forecasters sad that cloudy skies could dash hopes of a clear view of the eclipse.

Luckily for the people who went to Easter Island, the stormy weather gave way to bright sunshine .

In Tahiti, crowds of who are watching football turned away from the World Cup finals on TV to look to the skies instead.

“It was the greatest moment of my life. One of the best events I’ve experienced so far. It was like being in a very huge dark room with a single dim light bulb,” said Tyrone Solee, a tourist from New York who traveled all the way to Easter Island to witness the total eclipse.

“I’ve only seen it in movies. It was like the Sun was smiling at me… It was like I’m just dreaming,” said Chris Astadan, a businessman who traveled all the way from South Korea to witness this event.

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  2. USHA says:

    I WISH I WAS THERE TO SEE THE ECLIPES IN REAL ALL THOSE PEOPLE WHO SAW THAT WITH THEIR EYES ARE TRULY BLESSED. I WONDER IF TRINIDAD WILL EVER SEE AN ECLIPES IN THE FUTURE.