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Many International Visitors to View Solar Eclipse Next Month in Chile

很多国际游客下个月将在智利观看日食

The world’s last total solar eclipse happened in August 2017. Millions of Americans stopped what they pse, which passewere doing to observe the eclid over parts of the whole United States.

世界上最后一次全日食发生在2017年八月。数百万的美国人停下手头的事去观察日食。这次日食横跨了整个美国的部分地区。

A total solar eclipse happens when the sun, moon and Earth perfectly line up. The next total solar eclipse will happen on July 2.

当太阳、月亮和地球完全处于一条线上时就会发生全日食。下一次全日食将在7月2日出现。

However, the total eclipse can only be seen in a few places in the world. This year, the path of totality will pass over areas of Chile and Argentina. The U.S. space agency NASA says the sun will be completely hidden by the moon for up to four minutes and 33 seconds during this eclipse.

然而,人们只能在世界上的几个地区看到全日食。今年,全日食的轨迹将通过智利和阿根廷的一些地区。美国太空机构美国国家航空和宇宙航行局(NASA)表示,在这次日食期间太阳完全被月亮挡住的时间将持续4分33秒。

The upcoming event has led people from around the world to make plans to travel to Chile’s northern Coquimbo region, where the total solar eclipse is expected to be visible.

这次即将发生的时间已经使来来自世界各地的很多人制定去智利北部科金博的旅游计划。预计在那里可以看到全日食过程。

Local officials say they expect more than 400,000 visitors to come to the area.

当地官员表示他们预计将有40多万的游客来到这个地区。

A total solar eclipse is rare. The European Southern Observatory estimates that any specific place on earth sees just one, on average, once every 360 years. Visitors from around the world are expected to flood Coquimbo in the coming weeks for a chance to witness this uncommon event.

全日食现象是很罕见的。欧洲南方天文台估计每360年地球上某个特定的地方只能看到一次全日食。预计在未来几周世界各地的游客为了能够有机会目睹这次罕见事件的发生将涌现科金博。

The Coquimbo region sits on the Pacific coast at the foot of the Andes Mountains. Heavy demand means many hotel rooms are full ahead of the eclipse.

科金博地区坐落在太平洋海岸的安第斯山脉脚下。大量的需求意味着许多旅馆的房间在日食之前已经客满。

Flights to Coquimbo are offered by Chile’s LATAM Airlines as well as low-cost carriers Sky and JETSMART. Travel companies report airline tickets are selling out very fast.

飞往科金博的航班由智利的LATAM航空公司以及廉价的航空公司Sky和JETSMART提供。 旅行公司报告称机票很快售罄。

A clock in the coastal town of La Serena shows a countdown to the big day. “People have gone mad,” one person from the town told Reuters about all the local excitement. “They want the day to come as soon as possible.”

沿海小镇拉塞雷纳的钟表显示了重要日子的倒计时。“人们很疯狂”来自这个镇的人告诉路透社关于当地人的所有兴奋表现。“他们想这一天尽快到来。”

Chile is a popular place for astronomers to visit. The country has many large, international research telescopes.

智利是天文学家参观的热门地点。这个国家有很多大型的国际研究望远镜。

“It’s a unique occasion,” Chilean astronomer Ivo Saviane told Reuters from the La Silla Observatory that he oversees.

智利天文学家伊沃·萨维安从他监视的拉西拉天文台上告诉路透社“它是一个特别的时刻。”

“For everyone, whether from Chile or abroad, it’s exciting.” Chilean President Sebastián Piñera is one of 150 “VIPs” with tickets to watch the eclipse at La Silla. Piñera has identified the eclipse as one of the most important events in Chile this year. The country is set to hold several major international conferences in 2019.

“对于每个人来说,无论你来自智利还是国外,它都令人很兴奋。”智利总统皮涅拉·埃切尼克是150位贵宾中的一员,他持有在拉西拉天文台观看全日食的票。皮涅拉将全日食定为智利今年最重要的事件之一。这个国家决定在2019年要举行几次重大的国际会议。

Luis Calderon is an engineer in La Serena. He told Reuters he thinks that the cost and effort of visiting Chile will be well worth it. “You have to be here to see it, even if it is just a couple of minutes,” he said.

路易斯·卡尔德龙是拉塞雷纳的一名工程师。他告诉路透社他认为去智利所消耗的费用和精力都是值得的。“你必须到那里去观赏它,即使它只有几分钟,”他说。

I’m Bryan Lynn.

布赖恩·林恩为您报道。

Many International Visitors to View Solar Eclipse Next Month in Chile

The world’s last total solar eclipse happened in August 2017. Millions of Americans stopped what they pse, which passewere doing to observe the eclid over parts of the whole United States.

A total solar eclipse happens when the sun, moon and Earth perfectly line up. The next total solar eclipse will happen on July 2.

However, the total eclipse can only be seen in a few places in the world. This year, the path of totality will pass over areas of Chile and Argentina. The U.S. space agency NASA says the sun will be completely hidden by the moon for up to four minutes and 33 seconds during this eclipse.

The upcoming event has led people from around the world to make plans to travel to Chile’s northern Coquimbo region, where the total solar eclipse is expected to be visible.

Local officials say they expect more than 400,000 visitors to come to the area.

A total solar eclipse is rare. The European Southern Observatory estimates that any specific place on earth sees just one, on average, once every 360 years. Visitors from around the world are expected to flood Coquimbo in the coming weeks for a chance to witness this uncommon event.

The Coquimbo region sits on the Pacific coast at the foot of the Andes Mountains. Heavy demand means many hotel rooms are full ahead of the eclipse.

Flights to Coquimbo are offered by Chile’s LATAM Airlines as well as low-cost carriers Sky and JETSMART. Travel companies report airline tickets are selling out very fast.

A clock in the coastal town of La Serena shows a countdown to the big day. “People have gone mad,” one person from the town told Reuters about all the local excitement. “They want the day to come as soon as possible.”

Chile is a popular place for astronomers to visit. The country has many large, international research telescopes.

“It’s a unique occasion,” Chilean astronomer Ivo Saviane told Reuters from the La Silla Observatory that he oversees.

“For everyone, whether from Chile or abroad, it’s exciting.” Chilean President Sebastián Piñera is one of 150 “VIPs” with tickets to watch the eclipse at La Silla. Piñera has identified the eclipse as one of the most important events in Chile this year. The country is set to hold several major international conferences in 2019.

Luis Calderon is an engineer in La Serena. He told Reuters he thinks that the cost and effort of visiting Chile will be well worth it. “You have to be here to see it, even if it is just a couple of minutes,” he said.

I’m Bryan Lynn.

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Words in This Story

region – n. a particular area in a country of the world

visible – adj. able to be seen

occasion – n. important event or ceremony

VIP – n. an abbreviation for very important person: someone who is famous of powerful and is treated in a special way


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