2016 August 31 – Annular Solar Eclipse over New Mexico

Image credit & copyright:  Colleen Pinski
Annular Solar Eclipse over New Mexico | Image credit & copyright: Colleen Pinski

Annular Solar Eclipse over New Mexico

Image Credit & Copyright:   Colleen Pinski

Explanation:  What is this person doing? In 2012 an annular eclipse of the Sun was visible over a   narrow path  that crossed the northern Pacific Ocean and several western US states. In an annular solar   eclipse , the Moon is too far from the Earth to block out the entire Sun, leaving the Sun peeking out over the Moon’s disk in a   ring of fire . To capture this   unusual solar event , an industrious photographer drove from   Arizona  to   New Mexico  to find just the right vista. After setting up and just as the   eclipsed Sun  was setting over a ridge about 2.5 kilometers away, a person unknowingly walked right into the shot. Although grateful for the unexpected human element, the photographer never learned the identity of the   silhouetted  interloper. It appears likely, though, that the person is holding a circular   device that would enable them to get their own view of the eclipse.   The shot  was taken at sunset on 2012 May 20 at 7:36 pm local time from   a park  near   Albuquerque , New Mexico, USA. Tomorrow   another annular solar eclipse  will   become visible , this time along a path crossing Africa  and   Madagascar .
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Via: NASA

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