Total Solar Eclipse 2024 ~ Fires in the Shadows!
Optics:   Takahashi FS 102mm F/8 (820mm FL) Processing:   PixInsight, Photoshop
Camera:   Canon EOS 30D Date:   Arpil 8, 2024
8.2 Megapixel (3504 x 2336 12-bit sensor) Location:   Copperas Cove, Texas
Exposure:   Bracketed 1/60, 1/15, and 1/4 sec Imager:   Kent E. Biggs
These images of the total Solar Eclipse were taken on April 8, 2024 in Texas. A HUGE THANKS to my hosts, Janelle and Paul, for opening their home and hearts on this amazing experience. The above image was taken in the central Texas town of Copperas Cove very near the center line of totality. It shows solar prominences along the edges of the dark side of the moon as it cast its shadow toward earth. Of course these prominences come from the Sun, not the Moon’s shadow, and each of these prominences is many times the size of the Earth often lasting for days or even months. Also visible is the Sun’s corona, or upper atmosphere, which extends 5 million miles above our Sun’s surface, of which about ten percent is visible here. While the corona is 1 million times fainter than the Sun, it is hundreds of times hotter than the Sun’s surface at over 1 million kelvin! Upon close examination of the corona, solar coronal loops are clearly visible. These are arches of plasma along the strong solar magnetic fields that are also responsible for sunspots! These are very quickly processed images. The extensive solar corona visible only during a total solar eclipse, extends away from the sun in all direction and measures nearly 2 million miles in diameter in this image. Also note the solar prominences at the bottom of the sun, each larger than Earth itself. Even a bit of Earthshine is visble reflecting from the Lunar surface. Hover More to come....
Total Solar Eclipse 2024 ~ Composite
The above image is a composite of 5 images. The center image of totality is itself a composite of 6 braketed images of different exposures (1/60, 1/15, and 1/4 seconds) and time (about 30 seconds apart). The remaining four partial solar elipse images left and right were taken about 20 and 50 minutes before and after the eclipse during slight breaks in the clouds that cloudy day. Clouds were heaviest closest to the eclipse and evident in the crescent solar images on each side. During totality, however, the skies amazingly parted with a breathtaking view of the corona and solar prominences!

Total Solar Eclipse 2024 ~ Original Image

Total Solar Ecilpse ~ Solar Prominences!

Early Sun-Moon Visual Contact

First Sun-Moon Visual Contact

Another Sun-Moon Visual Contact

Another Sun-Moon Visual Contact
Post Totality Crescent Sliver
Post Totality Sun-Moon Visual Contact