Solar Eclipse Photos
From August 11, 1999
Rimnicu Valcea, Romania
Photos on this page of the 1999 eclipse were taken by
Mitzi Adams with the exception of the background coronal image, which
was taken by Dr. Jonathan Kern, and the top right coronal image taken by Dr. Gordon Telepun. By combining Dr. Kern's image
(taken with a
with Mitzi Adams'
chromosphere image, a composite was created in which the
prominences were not over-exposed.
Note, the differences between Dr. Gordon Telepun's
photo of the corona at totality (on the right) and the Kern/Adams photo
(on the left).
Scientists study the changing corona as an indicator
of changing magnetic activity on the Sun.
Next, note that
in 1999, the eclipse begins on the right side of the Sun, but
first contact for the 2001 eclipse, was on the left side.
(Back to 2001 eclipse pictures to compare.)
Why do you think that might be? (Find the answer at the bottom of the page.)
Click on each image for larger versions.
Answer to why eclipse began on the left side in 2001:
Romania is in the northern hemisphere, above the equator. Zambia, in the
southern part of Africa, is below the equator. So, our orientation
(as we viewed the Sun) was
reversed. For a discussion of the phases of the Moon as seen from the
southern hemisphere (and a nice diagram), see
"The Moon for Southern Hemisphere Beginners".
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