6 Minutes 42 Seconds

The July 22nd total solar eclipse was
the longest of the
21st century

From the point of maximum eclipse
along the Moon’s shadow track
across the Pacific Ocean, the Moon completely blocked the Sun
for a total of 6 minutes and 39 seconds.

But from the deck of this cruise ship
the duration of the total
eclipse phase
was extended to a
whopping 6 minutes and 42 seconds
by the ship’s motion along the shadow track.

This panoramic view of the scene shows the
shimmering solar corona
in a darkened daytime sky, with clouds silhouetted by a bright
sky on the distant horizon,
beyond the Moon’s shadow.

Mercury can be seen near the eclipsed Sun.

Venus lies near the upper right edge of the frame.

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