A Desert Eclipse at Sunrise #goodmorning !
A desert is one of the best places to observe a solar eclipse, because there are relatively few obscuring clouds, trees and objects. This beautiful image of a ring-of-fire eclipse was taken in December 2019, in the Rub al-Khali desert, the largest continuous sand desert in world, located in the United Arab Emirates. A ring-of-fire eclipse is an annular eclipse that occurs when the Moon is far enough away on its elliptical orbit around the Earth so that it appears too small, angularly, to cover the entire Sun. At the maximum of an annular eclipse, the edges of the Sun can be seen all around the edges of the Moon, so that the Moon appears to be a dark spot that covers most of the Sun. This particular eclipse peaked soon after sunrise. After seeking out such a dry and barren place, it turned out that some of the most interesting eclipse images actually included a tree in the foreground, because, in addition to the sand dunes, the tree gave the surreal background a contrasting sense of normalcy, scale, and texture.
Image Credit & Copyright: Maxime Daviron
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