Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Time-Lapse: A Total Solar Eclipse
Posted on 12/10/2012 7:17:29 PM PST by SunkenCiv
Explanation: Have you ever experienced a total eclipse of the Sun? The above time-lapse movie depicts such an eclipse in dramatic detail as visible from Australia last month. As the video begins, a slight dimming of the Sun and the surrounding Earth is barely perceptible. Suddenly, as the Moon moves to cover nearly the entire Sun, darkness sweeps in from the left -- the fully blocked part of the Sun. At totality, only the bright solar corona extends past the edges of the Moon, and darkness surrounds you. Distant horizons are still bright, though, as they are not in the darkest part of the shadow. At mid-totality the darkness dips to the horizon below the eclipsed Sun, created by the shadow cone -- a corridor of shadow that traces back to the Moon. As the total solar eclipse ends -- usually after a few minutes -- the process reverses and Moon's shadow moves off to the other side. Solar eclipses can frequently be experienced at gatherings organized along the narrow eclipse path as well as specialized cruises and plane flights.
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[Credit & Copyright: Colin Legg]
The link is to APoD, but the vid lives on Vimeo.
Thanks for posting; I had previously only seen a partial eclipse.
“I had previously only seen a partial eclipse.”
I remember the total solar eclipse in 1970.
A few friends and I had flown down to the Gulf coast for some fun, and decided to fly over to Perry, FL to be at the “capital” for viewing the total eclipse.
I landed at the old military airfield where dozens of amateur astronomers were set up with their telescopes and radios tuned to WWV time standard.
It was all quite festive and exciting, except for one small detail...It was a TOTAL overcast sky for the whole day.
Cool to watch the video !
Thank you for the ping, Mr. Civilizations. Eclipses are cool.
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