Image Credit & Copyright: Babak Tafreshi.
This morning, March 9, 2016 much of the world was treated to 2016’s only total solar eclipse and as you could expect the view was spectacular. This event was streamed online for all to see which, if you’re here in North America was a good thing because most of us couldn’t view this eclipse at all. Don’t worry though ours is coming in August of 2017. What an amazing event to witness as the nearly 900,000 mile diameter Sun is eclipsed by the 2,159 mile diameter Moon. Do the math on that and you find that it happens because the Sun is 400 times larger than the Moon and said Moon is almost exactly 400 times closer to Earth. This isn’t always true though as sometimes an eclipse occurs during the Moon’s apogee, which is its furthest point from Earth in its orbit. When these eclipses occur, the Moon’s apparent size is smaller and thus, doesn’t cover the Sun completely, creating the “Ring of Fire” or annular solar eclipse.
Babak caught this spectacular image over Ternate Island and the famous Gamalana volcano along with neighboring volcanic islands in Indonesia. Like all celestial events viewed from the ground, weather can present itself as a nightmare to those of us who wait weeks, months or even years to see an event just to have it clouded out. This event was, for many very close to that but in the end as you can see from this beautiful image it worked out just fine. If you haven’t checked out Babak’s imagery before please do so as he’s one of the absolute best at it.
Babak Tafreshi “The World At Night” (TWAN): http://www.twanight.org/newTWAN/photographers_about.asp?photographer=Babak%20A.%20Tafreshi