Annular Eclipse of February 26, 2017, Observed from Chubut, Argentina

March 06, 2017

Anular eclipse (3)

Photographer: Sergio Emilio Montúfar Codoñer
Summary Author: Sergio Emilio Montúfar Codoñer

This photo is a composite of 11 images taken during the annular eclipse of February 26, 2017, observed from Facundo, Chubut, Argentina. With an annular eclipse, the Moon is slightly too far away from the Earth to completely block the solar disk. As a result, at peak eclipse, a bright ring (annular ring or ring of fire) can be seen around the edge of the lunar disk.

This was a true adventure for our team. After six months of planning, setting up two telescopes, for time-lapse purposes, and a separate camera for a wide field view, the day of the eclipse finally arrived. It took more than two days travel by car to get to our site in southern Argentina. In addition, we needed two weeks to test our instruments, plus we needed to choose the perfect set-up position -- Mr. Tezel Tunc, The World at Night (TWAN), helped us in this regard. Finally, the day of reckoning came and the eclipse was everything we hoped for. This amazing experience affected us all greatly. Photo taken on February 26, 2017. The author would like to thank Cintia Peri, PhD, for her contributions.

Photo Details: Camera Model: NIKON D5200; Lens: 18.0-55.0 mm f/3.5-5.6; IFocal Length: 18mm (35mm equivalent: 27mm); Aperture: ƒ/8.0; Exposure Time: 0.0004 s (1/2500); ISO equiv: 200; Software: Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.5 (Windows).