Astronomy Photo of the Day (APotD): 7/30/14 - Ever Seen a Total Solar Eclipse From Space?
On November 14th, 2012, after the total solar eclipse took place over northeastern Australia, some pretty spectacular images were released. However, none are as mind-blowing as this one is, which was obtained by eclipse hunters based in Romania who decided to mount a camera to a weather balloon and send it up 120,000 feet (36,800 meters) into the Earth’s stratosphere. What they recorded is nothing short of incredible.
When total solar eclipses take place, the moon passes in front of the Sun’s disk, obstructing most of its light for a small window of time. Those that are within the darkest part of the Moon’s shadow (the umbra) are the ones that experience the total solar eclipse, while those that are within the more diffuse shadow of the perimeter (the penumbra) will be able to see a partial solar eclipse.
See an amazing video (and learn when the next eclipse will occur) here: http://bit.ly/1nT6rmu
Image Credit: Catalin Beldea, Marc Ulieriu, Daniel Toma et. al/Stiinta&Tehnica