On April 30, observers gathered to watch the sunset over the Atacama Desert, Chile, and witness a much rarer phenomenon.
Before that the sun passing over the horizon, the moon intercepted the view of the Earth, temporarily blocking a small part of the solar circle in the first partial solar eclipse in 2022. This phenomenon is demonstrated in an exciting collage, released European Southern Observatory (ESO) 9 May. The image combines a series of photos from the evening solar eclipse make a record of monthway before the rising sun.
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon intersects in front of the sun when viewed from it Earth. Eclipses can be complete or partial; while total eclipses include the moon temporarily blocking the entire solar disk, in the April eclipse the moon covered only a fraction of the sun, giving the impression that the “bite” of the sun had disappeared.
The sharpest view of the April eclipse occurred in the southern suburbs of South America, where the moon blocked 64% of the solar disk, according to NASA.
The 21 shots that make up the recently released collage were taken within a 54-minute window. Around the middle of this period the outline of the moon appears and begins to obscure the last light of day.
The landscape of the desert, a region called Valais de la Luna (Spanish means Moon Valley), combined with ash dimly lit skies create an extraterrestrial atmosphere. The natural dust effect around the sun is the result of the eruption of the Hong Tonga volcano in the middle of the Pacific Ocean in December 2021. The event threw out ashes and other materials, some of which remain high in the trap Earth’s atmosphere.
According to an ESO statement, many sky watchers who caught the horrific sunset did not realize what awaited them.
The eclipse could be seen from Antarctica, the southernmost regions of South America, and from the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. However, many who live out of sight have watched the event live from around the world.
The the next solar eclipse 2022 will be the last year. October 25 will be another partial eclipse, which will be visible from Europe, West Asia and Northeast Africa.