14 December 2020 Total Solar Eclipse Resources and Events
This is a list of resources for the total solar eclipse on 14 December 2020 in South America and the Pacific. All of these activities are endorsed or being held by IAU National Outreach Coordinators (NOC) for the country or IAU scientific groups. Learn who your NOC is here.
The time of the eclipse will vary depending on where in the world you live. An interactive map with information about the time of the eclipse from anywhere in the world can be found here. Local events and amateur astronomy organisations will also have more information about the general time of the eclipse. Locally, the total eclipse will only be viewable in Chile and Argentina, with a partial eclipse viewable in much of South America.
If you require general information on eclipses and how to safely view them, the IAU Working Group on Solar Eclipses/Program Group on Public Education at Solar Eclipses has put together a list of resources in English. You can find this here.
Note: In light of the pandemic, please adhere to local and WHO health guidelines when attending in-person events to ensure the safety of you and other attendees.
Many programmes and resources have been made available for the eclipse primarily in Spanish. See the websites below for more information:
The Official Website for the Eclipse in Argentina
General information (including safety information), events and resources
Link (Spanish): http://eclipse2020.uncoma.edu.ar/
Resources and event registration for teachers
Resources and events
IAU Symposium 367: Education and Heritage in the Era of Big Data in Astronomy
Most programming will be streamed online from 8-12 December; see the website for more information.
Our NOC is supporting two groups in Bolivia for the partial eclipse:
Astro-CBA has done a Spanish-language Q&A on the eclipse.
Galileo Astronomical Club
Several institutions are working towards making the 2020 eclipse a truly inclusive experience. Below are some initiatives and other resources from Chilean institutions, mostly in Spanish.
Inclusive Eclipse Outreach Resources
Live, Inclusive Eclipse Streaming
Streaming of the total solar eclipse including sonification through the LightSound device and presentation by the astronomer Wanda Diaz-Merced. Accessible for people with visual and hearing disabilities.
Website (Spanish): http://www.cecs.cl/eclipseinclusivo/
A short video with instructions for learning about eclipses and celestial motion using oranges and other household items. Accessible for people with visual and hearing disabilities.
Video (Spanish, Chilean Sign Language): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yFVqwHvu_Y
Videos con Lengua de Señas Chilena para esperar y disfrutar el Eclipse Solar
Short videos with information about the eclipse for children. Accessible for people with visual and hearing disabilities.
Link (Spanish): https://especial.mineduc.cl/nuevo-videos-con-lengua-de-senas-chilena-para-esperar-y-disfrutar-del-eclipse/
Resources from Chilean Universities
Universidad de Valparaíso
The Youtube Channel "Difusión IFA" has resources for all ages on science and viewing safety for eclipses.
Link (Spanish): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUkQFhZn5QQ2uSUoLtT3-3w?view_as=subscriber
Universidad de Concepción
Several resources for the eclipse in Spanish, including interactive maps, videos about the Mapuche culture and their relation with eclipses, safety and more.
Website (Spanish): planificatueclipse.cl
Universidad de la Frontera
Resources for the solar eclipse, including a MOOC on basic astronomy, a downloadable book with short stories related to the eclipse, links to online talks (some with Chilean Sign Language interpretation), and more.
Website (Spanish): https://eclipse2020.ufro.cl/
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso
#EclipseConCiencia: Citizen Science project that aims at studying the shadow strips produced right before and after the eclipse's totality.
Website (Spanish): https://fis.ucv.cl/eclipse-2020/
Our NOC Paraguay will be sharing historical details on the 1994 total solar eclipse in Paraguay as well as hosting a talk on that eclipse in anticipation for this partial eclipse. Viewers in Paraguay are encouraged to view the eclipse online due to safety concerns. More information will be found on the NOC Paraguay Facebook.
NOC Paraguay Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iauparaguay
Talk on the Solar Eclipse of 1994
Topic: The total solar eclipse of 1994 with members of the 1994 National Organising Committee
Date: 12 December
Time: 17:00 PYST (20:00 UTC)
Our NOC Peru will be participating in two events for the solar eclipse, including a livestream of the eclipse itself from a number of locations around the country.
"Pregúntale a un astrónomo: Eclipse Solar del Año" / "Ask an Astronomer: Solar Eclipse of the Year"
A livestream on instagram and facebook where two young astronomers, Victor Vera and Jhon Yana (University of Sao Paulo, Brasil), will talk about eclipses and will be answering questions from the general public online.
Date: 12 December
Time: 18:00 PET (13:00 UTC)
Website (Spanish): t.ly/Ypo4
Livestream of the Solar Eclipse
A livestream of the solar eclipse from different professional and amateur observatories throughout Peru. It includes live interviews and talks with astronomers during the broadcast. The event is led by the "Instituto Geofísico del Perú" with the participation of the main professional and amateur Peruvian astronomy organisations.
Date: 14 December
Time: 8:30-12:30 PET (3:30-7:30 UTC)
Link (Spanish): https://www.facebook.com/igp.peru
IAU Commission C1
Teachers, educators, and amateur astronomy groups who are organising events for the eclipse are welcome to register these events with the IAU Astronomy Day in Schools 2020. They have also gathered teaching resources in English for the eclipse as well.
Commission C1 Eclipse Website
Teaching resources and Astronomy Day in Schools 2020 registration
Link (English): https://iau-dc-c1.org/eclipse-2020/
Thank you to Beatriz García (NOC Argentina), Paola Daniela Ochoa Paniagua (NOC Bolivia), María Fernanda Durán and SOCHIAS (IAU Member Organisation for Chile), Jorge Maidana-Montiel (NOC Paraguay), Victor Vera (NOC Peru), and IAU Commission C1 for sharing these resources.
Updated: 14 December 2020