Posts Tagged ‘Antarctica’

Astronomy Picture of the Day, Solar Eclipse Picture of the Century

24 June, 2009

Another rare sight of a rare sight. A solar eclipse seen from the ends of the earth, in Antarctica. It was taken by Fred Bruenjes ( The description that goes with this picture is as follows:

The Sun, the Moon, Antarctica, and two photographers all lined up in 2003 Antarctica during an unusual total eclipse of the Sun. Even given the extreme location, a group of enthusiastic eclipse chasers ventured near the bottom of the world to experience the surreal momentary disappearance of the Sun behind the Moon. One of the treasures collected was the above picture — a composite of four separate images digitally combined to realistically simulate how the adaptive human eye saw the eclipse. As the image was taken, both the Moon and the Sun peaked together over an Antarctic ridge. In the sudden darkness, the magnificent corona of the Sun became visible around the Moon. Quite by accident, another photographer was caught in one of the images checking his video camera. Visible to his left are an equipment bag and a collapsible chair.

Absolutely amazing.

Photo: Fred Bruenjes (

Astronomy Picture of the Day is an excellent website that features a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe every day, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

Google’s led me there more than once when I’m doing searches, so it must have quite a few fans out there (which means I’m not the only geek around). Some pictures are incredible. Do a search or go to the index and pick your favourite heavenly body: galaxies, nebulas, planets, and, of course, solar eclipses.

This solar eclipse occurred on November 23, 2003 and fell along a corridor in the Antarctic region, though the southern tip of South America and most of Australia caught a partial eclipse.

Source: Astronomy Picture of the Day