Haleakala Shadow and Belt of Venus

May 20, 2022

Haleakala umbra

Photographer: Steve Kluge

Summary Author: Steve Kluge

Every morning crowds gather on the summit of Haleakala on Maui, Hawai'i, to watch the sunrise.  While most folks' pre-sunrise attention is focused to the eastern horizon, I like to look west to see the Earth's umbra (shadow) and the Belt of Venus slowly setting.  From this 10,000-foot-high (3048 m) perch in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, the curvature of Earth's umbra is clearly visible. I took this photo on one of my sunrise visits, and I've always enjoyed seeing the shadow of Haleakala cast over West Maui shortly after sunrise at the summit.


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