PHOTOS: South American Solar Eclipse

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This photo combo shows the sequence of a total solar eclipse seen from Piedra del Aguila, Argentina, Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. The total solar eclipse was visible from the northern Patagonia region of Argentina and from Araucania in Chile, and as a partial eclipse from the lower two-thirds of South America. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

MYSTERY WIRE — Thousands of people gathered in southern Argentina on Monday to marvel at a total eclipse of the sun.

They converged on the city of Piedra del Aguila in Patagonia, regarded as being one of the best vantage points in the country.

Local authorities estimate nearly 8,000 tourists were there, despite having to contend with coronavirus restrictions, along with strong winds.  

As the moon passed over the face of the sun, crowds erupted in screams of joy, celebrating a period of total darkness which lasted for just over two minutes.

It was like being “reborn”, said one of the eclipse-watchers, Alejandra Del Campo.

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