For many Europeans, the Sun and New Moon rose together
on January 4 in a
partial solar eclipse.
Arriving close on the heels of the new year,
it was the first of a series of four(!) partial solar
due in 2011.
This composite image documents
celestial event in colorful
morning skies over Graz, Austria.
Beginning before sunrise, frames were taken to record the position
and progress of the eclipse every 15 minutes.
As Sun and Moon rose above
the eastern horizon, the town of
Graz is seen bathed in warming sunlight only partially blocked by
the New Moon, spreading beneath the town's landmark clock tower.