Multi-wavelength solar view of eclipse (December 13, 2013)
Hi-res TIF (5.3M)
A composite of space- and ground-based observations in different wavelengths gathered on the day of the solar eclipse of 3 November 2013. The result is an overall view of the Sun and its surrounding corona, extending far out into space.
Close-in views of the solar disc and its outer atmosphere in extreme-ultraviolet light are covered by the Royal Observatory of Belgium's SWAP instrument aboard ESA's Proba-2 mini-satellite and the AIA and HMI instruments aboard NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory mission.
The surrounding inner corona is depicted through a combination of white-light images acquired from the ground along the path of totality, from Port Gentil in Gabon and Pokwero in Uganda. The outer corona is depicted through the white-light LASCO C2 and C3 coronagraphs aboard the ESA/NASA SOHO satellite.
The planet Saturn is visible at the top left of the picture as a bright, saturated object, coincidentally giving an impression of rings.
Copyright: Kosmas Gazeas (University of Athens, Greece, kgaze[at]phys.uoa.gr), P.Horalek - Observatory Upice, J.Sladecek, M.Druckmuller, Proba-2 (ESA/ROB), SDO (NASA), SOHO (ESA&NASA)
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