A rare total solar eclipse turned day into night along a large swath of Latin America’s southern cone, including much of Chile and Argentina on Tuesday.

The phenomenon enthralled huge crowds in Chile and Argentina.

Thousands of people gathered at the La Higuera region of Chile to witness the breathtaking spectacle.

People cheered as they were left captivated by the moment when the disc of the moon closed over the sun blocking it out completely for more than two and a half minutes.

The eclipse was only visible across the southern Pacific Ocean and South America.

The next eclipse, although not a total eclipse, is set to happen on December 26, 2019 and will be visible in the Middle East, including Qatar.

South America will also witness the next total solar eclipse, set for December 14, 2020.

A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon is between the Sun and Earth so that the visible disk of the Sun is blocked by the Moon casting a shadow on the Earth’s surface. In the case of a total solar eclipse, the Moon completely blocks the Sun’s light.