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Astronomy Picture of the Day 1-06-03
| Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
Posted on 01/06/2003 3:30:12 AM PST by petuniasevan
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.
2003 January 6
Shadow Cone of a Total Solar Eclipse
Credit & Copyright: Oliver Staiger (High Moon)
Explanation: Sometimes, during a total eclipse of the Sun, a strange shadow of darkness can be seen stretching off into the distance. Called a shadow cone, they are visible because the Earth's atmosphere is not completely transparent, scattering sunlight and hence appearing blue during the day. Shadow cones are particularly dramatic for eclipses near the horizon, as geometry creates a long corridor of sun-blocked air. Visible above is a shadow cone caught during a total solar eclipse visible last month from South Australia. The eclipsed Sun itself still appears bright because of light from the surrounding corona. The digital camera on the left is zoomed in to show a better image of the actual eclipse.
TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: australia; cone; eclipse; image; moon; photo; photography; shadow; sky; solar; south; sun; total
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To: MozartLover; Joan912; NovemberCharlie; snowfox; Dawgsquat; viligantcitizen; theDentist; ...
Great work! Thanks for all the Links. APOD our favorite site.
Wow! Great links.
Guess I'll have plenty to keep me busy.
You are so thorough! Thanks for the links. :)
posted on 01/06/2003 5:22:53 PM PST
Thank you so much for this thead!
I love the images! Magic!
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