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Solar Eclipse October 3, 2013

Posted by Sobek in News.

Miloslav Druckmuller (with two dots over the second “U”) takes absolutely amazing pictures of eclipses.  Possibly of other things, too; I don’t really know.  But I do know that he does eclipse pictures very, very well.

Here, let me show you:



By all means, click to embiggen.  Also, you can find some more of his eclipse shots here.  In some shots, and especially in the fourth one down, you can see bright pink bits.  Those are from the part of the sub called the chromosphere, a thin later just outside of the photosphere (which in turn is basically the visible light surface of the sun).  The chromosphere is usually too washed out by the rest of the light to be seen, but you can see it during a total eclipse if you’re lucky, when the moon completely blocks out the photosphere on one side but leaves a bit of the chromosphere peeking through.

But the most amazing thing about the pic I posted here is the corona, the series of beautiful, whispy lines radiating out.  Those are bits and pieces of the sun that get blasted out into space from the sun’s internal pressure, which become the solar wind once they escape from the sun.  The reason they curl back in some places but are straight lines in others is because of the sun’s magnetic poles.  They’re always radiating outwards, but sometimes there’s a huge eruption of particles, called a coronal mass ejection.  You can see one of those here.

There’s a cool video about earth’s magnetic field here, especially at 0:58.


1. skinbad - October 4, 2013

That is cool. You should do an ink version.

2. daveintexas - October 4, 2013

wait you didn’t draw this?

3. Sobek - October 5, 2013

Not yet.

4. Retired Geezer - October 5, 2013

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