"Not too often you catch a Category 4 hurricane and a solar eclipse occurring in the same satellite loop," the National Weather Service tweeted with a clip of video.
In this view from #GOESWest, you can see the moon's shadow over the Pacific Ocean as the #TotalSolarEclipse makes its way toward South America. More imagery: https://t.co/aHnIqKeF9t pic.twitter.com/8zuupZOXV1— NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) 2 July 2019
"It is not a threat to any landmass in the next several days," CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller said. "But it did rapidly intensify [Monday and Tuesday] into a powerful Category 4 with 140-mile-per-hour winds."
Miller said Hurricane Barbara is moving northeast at 13 mph, away from land, into the open ocean.
Simultaneously, a total solar eclipse was visible across South America. The path of totality, in which the moon visibly blocks the sun, could be seen in Chile and Argentina. Outside that area, a partial solar eclipse was visible.
The eclipse appeared in the sky over La Serena, Chile, at 4.38 p.m. ET and traveled across the Andes before ending near Buenos Aires at 4.44 p.m.
Thanks to the National Weather Service, we're able to see the two events from a different perspective.