This week the shadow of the New Moon
fell on planet Earth, crossing
Queensland's Cape York
in northern Australia ...
for the second time in six months.
On the morning of May 10, the
Moon's apparent size was
too small to completely cover the Sun though, revealing a
"ring of fire"
along the central path of the annular
Near mid-eclipse from Coen, Australia, a
team captured this telescopic snapshot of the annular phase.
Taken with a
hydrogen-alpha filter, the dramatic image
finds the Moon's silhouette just within the solar disk,
and the limb of the active Sun spiked with solar prominences.
Still, after hosting back-to-back solar eclipses, northern Australia
will miss the next and
solar eclipse of 2013.
This November, a rare hybrid eclipse
will track across the North Atlantic and equatorial Africa.
Courtesy Cameron McCarty -
Coca-Cola Space Science Center, Columbus State Univ. Eclipse Team