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Behold: a diabolical pareidolia captured earlier this month. To wit:

Atmospheric refraction flattened the solar disk and distorted its appearance in this telescopic view of an Atlantic sunrise on June 10. From Belmar, New Jersey on the US east coast, the scene was recorded at New Moon during this season’s annular solar eclipse. The Moon in partial silhouette gives the rising Sun its crescent shape reminding some of the horns of the devil (or maybe a flying canoe …). But at its full annular phase this eclipsed Sun looked like a ring of fire in the heavens. June’s annular solar eclipse followed on the heels of the total lunar eclipse of late May’s Full Moon. Of course, that total lunar eclipse was a dramatic red Blood Moon eclipse.

(Image: Madhup Rathi)


Sunrise doesn’t normally look like this.

Because the moon’s not normally in the way, as it was on the morning of May 10th, 2013 when seen from Western Australia. To wit:

At times, it would be hard for the uninformed to understand what was happening. In an annular eclipse, the Moon is too far from the Earth to block the entire Sun, and at most leaves a ring of fire where sunlight pours out around every edge of the Moon. The featured time-lapse video also recorded the eclipse through the high refraction of the Earth’s atmosphere just above the horizon, making the unusual rising Sun and Moon appear also flattened. As the video continues on, the Sun continues to rise, and the Sun and Moon begin to separate. This weekend, a new annular solar eclipse will occur, visible from central Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, and a narrow band across Asia, with much of Earth’s Eastern hemisphere being able to see a partial solar eclipse.

(Video: Colin Legg & Geoff Sims; Music: Peter Nanasi)


Just over a year ago, on January 21, 2019, there was a total lunar eclipse. This horizontal composite tracks the Moon as it crossed into Earth’s dark umbral shadow in 35 consecutive frames. To wit:

Taken 3 minutes apart, they almost melt together in a continuous screen that captures the dark colours within the shadow itself and the northern curve of the shadow’s edge. Sunlight scattered by the atmosphere into the shadow causes the lunar surface to appear reddened during totality (left), but close to the umbra’s edge, the limb of the eclipsed Moon shows a remarkable blue hue. The blue eclipsed moonlight originates as rays of sunlight pass through layers high in Earth’s upper stratosphere, colored by ozone that scatters red light and transmits blue. The Moon’s next crossing into Earth’s umbral shadow, will be on May 26, 2021.

(Image: Laszlo Francsics)


Last week’s full moon or Buck Moon (captured during its partial eclipse by Cristian Fattinnanzi) was very full. How full, you ask?

…it fell almost exactly in a line with the Sun and the Earth. When that happens the Earth casts its shadow onto the Moon. The circularity of the Earth’s shadow on the Moon was commented on by Aristotle and so has been noticed since at least the 4th century BC. What’s new is humanity’s ability to record this shadow with such high dynamic range (HDR).

The featured HDR composite of last week’s partial lunar eclipse combines 15 images and includes an exposure as short as 1/400th of a second — so as not to overexpose the brightest part — and an exposure that lasted five seconds — to bring up the dimmest part. This dimmest part — inside Earth’s umbra — is not completely dark because some light is refracted through the Earth’s atmosphereonto the Moon. A total lunar eclipse will occur next in 2021 May.

Giant image here.

UPDATE: a deliciously moony mashup from 2013.



The sixth rock (well, gas giant with a rocky core) from the Sun is not always visible because, quite often, our Moon passes in front of it. To wit:

Such a Saturnian eclipse was visible along a small swathe of Earth — from Brazil to Sri Lanka — near the end of last month. The featured colour image is a digital fusion of the clearest images captured by successive videos of the event taken in red, green, and blue, and taken separately for Saturn and the comparative bright Moon.

The exposures were taken from South Africa just before occultation — and also just before sunrise. When Saturn re-appeared on the other side of the Moon almost two hours later, the Sun had risen. This year, eclipses of Saturn by the Moon occur almost monthly, but, unfortunately, are visible only to those with the right location and with clear and dark skies.

(Image: Cory Schmitz)



Grand Canal Dock, Dublin this morning.

Slightly Bemused writes:

Looks like the eclipse is a but occluded today. Ah well, roll on 2026!


CAiBCylW8AAMZeYBlackrock, Co Dublin.

Thanks Kieran Murphy


Sandymount Strand, Sandymount, Dublin 4

Thanks John McDonald


Salthill, Co Galway.

Thanks Rory O’Riordan


From Maynooth. Co Kildare.

Thanks Lucy Newman


Above Dublin city.

Thanks Streets of Dublin


Phoenix Park, Dublin.

Thanks Matthew McCallion



Seagull and eclipse over Dublin

Thanks Aleesha Tully


Turgidson writes:

About half an hour after maximum obscurity when the sun briefly peeked through the clouds.


Above Cork.

Eoghan Dunne writes:

What appears to be a goose flying over the eclipse


Above Dublin.

Thanks Conor Healy


Julie writes:

We couldn’t see much of the eclipse at Trinity College Dublin, but the app (above)  proves it happened..

World Happiness Day today -  Is the universe trying to telling us something??

Ah here.

A flipped morning eclipse to celebrate International Day of Happiness

Thanks Conor Healy