Diamond Ring – Total Solar Eclipse

Many CIERA members travelled to the April 8th solar eclipse’s path of totality, including graduate student Imran Sultan. This photo was taken from Millinocket, Maine, the last part of the US on the path of totality. The phenomenon pictured here is called the “Diamond Ring” and it occurs seconds before totality, just as the moon is about to fully eclipse the sun. The Diamond Ring is the last bit of sunlight left right before the moon fully covers the sun.
Sultan used a refractor telescope, DSLR camera, and a sky-tracking system to track the sun.

Credit: Imran Sultan/Northwestern/CIERA

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