2019 December 25

An Annular Solar Eclipse over New Mexico
Image Credit & Copyright:
Colleen Pinski

Explanation: What is this person doing? In 2012 an annular eclipse of the Sun was visible over a narrow path that crossed the northern Pacific Ocean and several western US states. In an annular solar eclipse, the Moon is too far from the Earth to block out the entire Sun, leaving the Sun peeking out over the Moon’s disk in a ring of fire. To capture this unusual solar event, an industrious photographer drove from Arizona to New Mexico to find just the right vista. After setting up and just as the eclipsed Sun was setting over a ridge about 0.5 kilometers away, a person unknowingly walked right into the shot. Although grateful for the unexpected human element, the photographer never learned the identity of the silhouetted interloper. It appears likely, though, that the person is holding a circular device that would enable them to get their own view of the eclipse. The shot was taken at sunset on 2012 May 20 at 7:36 pm local time from a park near Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. Tomorrow another annular solar eclipse will become visible, this time along a thin path starting in Saudi Arabia and going through southern India, Singapore, and Guam. However, almost all of Asia with a clear sky will be able to see, tomorrow, at the least, a partial solar eclipse.

新墨西哥州上空的日环食
影像来源与版权:
Colleen Pinski

说明:这个人在做什么?2012年,在穿过北太平洋和美国西部几个州的狭窄道路上空可以看到日环食。在日环食期间,由于月球离地球太远,无法遮挡整个太阳,使得太阳从月球盘面上空露出,形成了一个火圈。为了捕捉这一不同寻常的太阳活动,一位勤奋的摄影师从亚利桑那州开车前往新墨西哥州,想要寻找美丽的景象。相机安装好之后,当日食在0.5公里外的山脊落下时,一个不知情的人刚好走入镜头。尽管摄影师对这种意想不到的人为因素心存感激,但他始终不知道那个闯入者的身份。不过,这个人看起来好像拿着一个圆形设备,用来仔细观测日食。这幅影像拍摄于2012年5月20日当地时间晚上7点36分日落时分,拍摄地点是美国新墨西哥州阿尔伯克基附近的一座公园。明天又将出现一次日全食,这次日环食的路径很窄,从沙特阿拉伯开始,经过印度南部、新加坡和关岛。然而,在晴朗的天空下,几乎亚洲国家至少明天都能看到日偏食。

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