Are you afraid that the mountains might block your view? Don’t be
About 350,000 eclipse-chasers are bound for the Andes for the total solar eclipse on Tuesday, July 2, 2019. Those in organized groups know that their viewing sites are taken care of, but for independent eclipse-travelers, there is a real problem: how to find a good observing location where totality won’t be blocked by mountains?
If you’re bound for Chile’s Elqui Valley, or around Bella Vista in Argentina, it’s probably on your mind.
However, there is an easy answer: just go to Xavier Jubier’s solar eclipse maps website. Visit the 2019 map, zoom in and click on any location (not the yellow or red dots), and a ‘local circumstances’ box pops-up.
Now here comes the magic bit that you probably haven’t noticed: click on the word MAX on where it says “Maximum eclipse (MAX)”.
Do that and you instantly get a view of the local terrain view at maximum eclipse from Peakfinder.
Great work Xavier!
Pic credits: XAVIER JUBIER HTTP://XJUBIER.FREE.FR. MAP DATA © GOOGLE IMAGERY © 2019 TERRAMETRICS © Peakfinder