The Great Australian Eclipse – Diamond Ring #1

By: Alan Dyer

Nov 13 2012

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Category: Eclipses & Transits

2 Comments

Focal Length:50mm
ISO:100
Shutter:1/1000 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 60D

The last bit of the Sun shines from behind the ragged edge of the Moon as the total eclipse begins in Australia.

This is “second contact,” and the first diamond ring effect that heralds the start of totality. The Moon (the dark disk) is just about to completely cover the Sun. You can see the pink chromosphere layer of the Sun’s surface and a flame-like prominence at 4 o’clock position. The Sun’s atmosphere, the corona, is just beginning to show.

I took this November 14, 2012 from a site near Lakeland Downs, Queensland, Australia. While we did look through some thin cirrus clouds, they didn’t hamper viewing at all, and were not the concern that the thicker clouds were at other sites, especially at the beaches.

– Alan, November 14, 2012 / © 2012 Alan Dyer

2 comments on “The Great Australian Eclipse – Diamond Ring #1”

  1. WOW! Thanks for these amazing pictures Alan.

  2. […] this view to my earlier blog, and you’ll see that the second diamond ring at the end of totality did not happen opposite […]


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