The Total Eclipse of July 2, 2019 and the Diamond Ring

July 19, 2019


Photographer/Image Creators: Alex Fliker; Alexandru Barbovschi
Summary Author: Alex Fliker 

On July 2, 2019, I had the opportunity to view a total eclipse of the Sun from the Pangue Observatory in Chile. This relatively long eclipse, observable from only the Southern Hemisphere, had a maximum duration of 4 minutes and 33 seconds. Featured here is the diamond ring, captured just after totality. The unusual extended spikes are caused by multiple light sources, created by the uneven terrain on the Moon and also by the camera lens.

Photo Details: Camera: NIKON D610; Software: GIMP 2.10.12; Exposure Time: 0.125s (1/8); Aperture: ƒ/8.0; ISO equivalent: 200; Focal Length (35mm): 50.