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Solar eclipse – composite view from Easter Island.


The View From Easter Island

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/iotd.html The View From Easter Island

On July 11, 2010, the new moon passed directly in front of the sun, causing a total solar eclipse in the South Pacific. In this image, the solar eclipse is shown in gray and white from a photo provided by the Williams College Expedition to Easter Island and was embedded with an image of the sun’s outer corona taken by the Large Angle Spectrometric Coronagraph (LASCO) on the SOHO spacecraft and shown in red false color. LASCO uses a disk to blot out the bright sun and the inner corona so that the faint outer corona can be monitored and studied. Further, the dark silhouette of the moon was covered with an image of the sun taken in extreme ultraviolet light at about the same time by the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly on the Solar Dynamics Observatory. The composite brings out the correlation of structures in the inner and outer corona.

Image Credit: NASA/ESA/Williams College Eclipse Expedition

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2 Responses

  1. Looks like a piece of graphic design 🙂

  2. It does say it is a composite. If you go to the website I think there is a photo of the actual eclipse with the Easter Island statues. Or maybe that is a composite too. Anyway, it’s interesting.

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