Focus Series on Patagonian Solar Eclipse 2020

In the last century a handful of solar eclipses took place in South America and only two of them occurred in the warmer season (November 12, 1966 and December 14, 2020).

On December 14, 2020 a total solar eclipse was visible roughly between 13.00 and 13.30 (local time) in Argentinean and Chilean Patagonia. This provided an extraordinary opportunity to promote Sun-Earth system science and increase public awareness on the main scientific problems and methods in the area. Mainly, this total solar eclipse provided the perfect opportunity to update statistics and do research on experiences taking place specifically in South America and during spring or summer performing truly cross-disciplinary research.

With this Focus Series on Patagonian Solar Eclipse 2020, we seek original research articles that cover the broad range of events related to the December 2020 total solar eclipse, from the Earth’s surface  through the Earth's upper atmosphere and the solar atmosphere.

Guest Editors

Laura Morales
Laura Morales

Instituto de Fisica del Plasma (INFIP), Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires, Argentina

Gabriela Nicora
Gabriela Nicora

CITEDEF, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina


[2021-04-25] Reception of submissions for this focus series of Papers in Physics edited by Laura Morales and Gabriela Nicora is now open.

If you have been invited to submit your original contribution to be included in the "Focus Series on Patagonian Solar Eclipse 2020” or if you simply wish to spontaneously submit a contribution to this Focus Series,  please follow the general author instructions and make sure you select the Focus Series in the Articles Section choice.

You will be able to choose between two editorial treatments: Traditional Review or Open Review (see Submission Guidelines). We recommend Open Review treatment, where reviewers are not annonymous and their names will be stated in the paper if published, giving public credit to them. Moreover, if the editors consider the reports valuable for the readers, the publication of reviewer Commentaries, with due Replies from authors when necessary, is also encouraged. 

  • All manuscripts are peer reviewed.
  • Accepted papers will be published as regular articles in Papers in Physics as soon as they are ready.
  • All papers are collected and linked from a web page in the journal dedicated to the Focus Series with forewords from the editors.
  • All papers are Open Access.

Important note: The subject areas such as Foundations of Physics, History of Physics, Physics Education and Physics Vulgarization are out of the scope of Papers in Physics. The manuscripts submitted to this focus issue should be centered in original research and data analysis related to the Eclipse.