Interesting Photo of the Day: Earthshine

So many photos of a total eclipse just have the moon as a silhouette, but in this amazing image by photographer Navid Baraty you can actually see details on the surface of the moon:

moon during the eclipse

The Moon at the Moment of Totality by Navid Baraty. (Via Reddit. Click image to see full size.)

This is not a single image, but a composite of 12 images. Baraty took the images in Madras, Oregon at the moment of totality during the August 21, 2017 solar eclipse. His exposures ranged from 1/2000 of a second up to 2 seconds, and it is with the 2 second exposure that you can see the details on the moon.

This phenomena is called ‘earthshine’, and it’s due to sunlight being reflected on to the moon’s surface from the earth. This can’t be seen by the naked eye during totality because of the brightness of the corona, but it can be seen on long exposures.

Baraty took the images with a Nikon D800 and a Sigma 150-600mm lens.

This image really stands out from the crowd of eclipse photos!

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One response to “Interesting Photo of the Day: Earthshine”

  1. Brian Palmer says:

    I have a question.
    Why is the image of the moon an ellipse? It should be a circle. I have seen the same distortion in photos of star trails.

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