See the total solar eclipse at the South Pole

Written by Staff Writer at CNN

The first total solar eclipse visible in Antarctica was captured by an astronaut during an expedition to the South Pole in 2017.

Now, a BBC 360 VR experience — which allows viewers to get up close and personal with the event in real time — has given viewers across the globe a chance to witness the event for themselves.

But thanks to a light sleep of 70 years, every angle of the event is a little bit different: the color of the sky changes, the sky remains clear and cameras cannot record an identical view of the sun when all is dark.

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Viewers are being encouraged to add a second 360-degree view via a mobile VR device such as Google Cardboard.

The event started at 0400 GMT on Wednesday (US East Coast time), and will be completed at 0612 GMT on Thursday.

According to the NASA website, an asteroid impact caused an explosion about 500 million years ago that created the asteroid belt. That explosion left a belt of gas and dust that partially blocked sunlight from Earth.

Solar eclipses occur when the moon passes in front of the sun, casting a shadow that covers part of the sun’s face.

Until now, the first total solar eclipse visible to human eyes in Antarctica has not been captured. Only astronauts and scientist from around the world, including Earth sciences expert David Rice, have been to see the event.

The 360 VR footage will be available at BBC iPlayer for the next month. Viewers can watch it on an Apple device, Google Daydream or on the browser on desktop.

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