Photographs of the solar eclipse in Antarctica seen from space and from an airplane

December 4, 2021 at Antarctic There was asolar eclipse who gave a show (as has happened in the past). Due to its position, there were very few observers but that did not deter photographers and researchers from observing the peculiar phenomenon capturing breathtaking images.

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One of the most impressive is that of Pierre Horlek (here his Instagram profile) who was on an airplane flight just in the area of ​​the shadow cast by the moon on our planet. This allowed the I photograph to obtain a resolutely particular shot with also the presence of a second plane visible in the area on the left. But not the only sensational image.

The solar eclipse photographed from Earth and from Space

The photograph of Pierre Horlek was so well done that it is included in the “pictures of the day” of the selection of Nasa. As we can read in the official description, to observe the phenomenon, planes took off with a route specially designed to be able to see the phase of totality.

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Looking at the photo, you can see thesolar eclipse as a point where the dark area of ​​the Moon is enhanced. all around instead “ring of fire” The elevated position also helped show off the shaded area surrounded by the brightest areas where sunlight still manages to arrive. In the left area you can see another plane that was following the same route as the plane it was on horlek. If you open the image at maximum resolution, you can also see a bright spot just to the right of the Sun. It is not a star but the planet Mercury.

For those who wish to organize a trip to observe asolar eclipse it may aim to travel to Australia or Indonesia in April 2023. Alternatively, the same phenomenon will be seen in North America a year later in April 2024.

But there is another spectacular image! This time we are at an altitude even higher than the flight of an airplane. This is the one picked up by the satellite of the NASA DSCOVR (or Deep Space Climate Observatory). Although it is not among the newest since it was launched in February 2015, it allows to obtain unique photographs of our planet.

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Its heliocentric orbit at the Lagrande 1 (L1) point at a distance from Earth of 1.5 million km. Thanks to official site of NASA possible to view the images captured by DSCOVR including that of the last solar eclipse Of December 2021. In this case, one can notice a “black dot” in the lower zone of the Earth which corresponds to the shadow of the Moon (which remains out of sight).

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