Awesome Solar Eclipse Photo: Show Me Your Cornea!

This awesome photo from Scientific American was taken during the eclipse on July 29, 2009. It was the longest solar eclipse that humanity will witness this century, the next total solar eclipse of this length won’t occur until 2132 according to scientific predictions.

From the Scientific American article:

Miloslav Druckmüller, a mathematician at the Brno University of Technology in the Czech Republic, and his colleagues were on Enewetak as the eclipse’s shadow raced toward them from the northwest at more than twice the speed of sound. This composite of 31 images from the eclipse shows the solar corona, the wispy “atmosphere” of the sun peeking out from behind the moon as well as the cratered, rayed surface of the moon itself.

Druckmüller, who specializes in eclipse photography, wrote a 2006 article for Scientific American explaining some strategies for capturing such phenomena. But aspiring eclipse shutterbugs will have to wait—the path of the next total solar eclipse, in July, will barely touch land, and the occultation of November 2012 will just graze northern Australia. The next total solar eclipse with significant land coverage will cross Indonesia in 2016.”

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~ by K. Ritcheson on February 5, 2010.

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