A Total Solar Eclipse Reflected

If you saw a total solar eclipse, would you do a double-take? One astrophotographer did just that — but it took a lake and a bit of planning. Realizing that the eclipse would be low on the horizon, he looked for a suitable place along the thin swath of South America that would see, for a few minutes, the Moon completely block the Sun, both directly and in reflection. The day before totality, he visited a lake called La Cuesta Del Viento (The Slope of the Wind) and, despite its name, found so little wind that the lake looked like a mirror. Perfect. Returning the day of the eclipse, though, there was a strong breeze churning up the water — enough to ruin the eclipse reflection shot. Despair. But wait! Strangely, about an hour before totality, the wind died down. This calmness may have been related to the eclipse itself, because eclipsed ground heats the air less and reduces the amount rising warm air — which can dampen and even change the wind direction. The eclipse came, his tripod and camera were ready, and so was the lake. The featured image of this double-eclipse came from a single exposure lasting just one fifteenth of a second. Soon after totality, the winds returned and the water again became choppy. No matter — this double-image of the 2019 July total solar eclipse had been captured forever. [via NASA] https://ift.tt/2M0C7ZA

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Rafael Bustamante

Malagueño desde que abrí los ojos, allá por mayo del 71, he procurado desde entonces que nada me los cierre. Tengo la suerte de trabajar como neurólogo en el hospital de mi tierra, donde trato de aliviar, en la medida en que la naturaleza y la ciencia me permiten, las dolencias de mis conciudadanos y de nuestros visitantes, cuando se encuentran en el trance vital de alguna enfermedad neurológica que amenaza su bienestar. Cuando la amenazada es la sociedad, por otro tipo de procesos mórbidos, cuento con mi opinión, podrá juzgarse si acertada o no, pero siempre sincera.

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