The moon bombards a sunset in this otherworldly solar eclipse image

The moon bombards a sunset in this otherworldly solar eclipse image

A collage of 21 images shows the eclipsed sun setting over Chile’s Atacama Desert on April 30, 2022. (Image credit: P. Horálek/ESO)

On April 30, skywatchers gathered to watch the sun set over Chile’s Atacama Desert and witness a much rarer phenomenon.

Before the sun passed below the horizon, the moon intercepted Earth’s view, temporarily blocking off a small part of the solar circle during the first partial solar eclipse of 2022. This phenomenon is exposed in a fascinating collage, published by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) on 9 May. the image combines a series of evening photographs of the solar eclipse to produce a record of the moon’s path past the waning sun.

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