It was just eight minutes after sunrise, last week, and already there were four things in front of the Sun.
The largest and most notable was Earth's Moon, obscuring a big chunk of the Sun's lower limb as it moved across the solar disk, as viewed from
This was expected as the image was taken during a partial
solar eclipse -- an eclipse that left sunlight streaming around
all sides of the Moon from
Next, a band of clouds divided the
Sun horizontally while showing interesting internal
The third intervening body might be considered to be the
as it dimmed the Sun from its higher altitude brightness while density fluctuations caused the
Sun's edges to appear to shimmer.
Although closest to the photographer, the least expected
solar occulter was an airplane.
Quite possibly, passengers on both sides of that airplane were
the unusual view only visible out the eastern-facing windows.
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