The Ring of Fire
Skywatchers in the Australian Outback were among the lucky few to witness a solar eclipse on Friday as the moon glided between the Earth and the sun, blocking everything but a dazzling ring of light. The eclipse lasted between three and six minutes, depending on its location, and blacked out around 95 percent of the sun at its peak.
Eclipse solar - 10/05/2013
Cape York Annular Eclipse
This week the shadow of the New Moon fell on planet Earth, crossing Queensland’s Cape York in northern Australia … for the second time in six months. On the morning of May 10, the Moon’s apparent size was too small to completely cover the Sun though, revealing a “ring of fire” along the central path of the annular solar eclipse. Near mid-eclipse from Coen, Australia, a webcast team captured this telescopic snapshot of the annular phase. Taken with a hydrogen-alpha filter, the dramatic image finds the Moon’s silhouette just within the solar disk, and the limb of the active Sun spiked with solar prominences. Still, after hosting back-to-back solar eclipses, northern Australia will miss the next and final solar eclipse of 2013. This November, a rare hybrid eclipse will track across the North Atlantic and equatorial Africa.
Annular solar eclipse of 10 May 2013
This is an animated map showing the progress of the annular solar eclipse over Australia and the South Pacific. The outer curve shows where the sun is partially eclipse at the given time. The small inner curve shows where the annular eclipse is in progress. During an annular solar eclipse, the apparent disk of the moon is just smaller than the disk of the sun and this eclipse appears as a bright ring along the central path.
This is an eclipse-maps.com production
Publicado em 16/04/2013