Corona through the eclipse
A collage of photographs taken of the solar eclipse on 21 August
2017, dubbed ‘The Great American Eclipse’, has led to this remarkable image. This picture flaunts the different stages of the Moon passing in front of the Sun, but what’s impressive about this picture is how the solar outer atmosphere, also known as the corona, is depicted surrounding the faint face of the Moon.
The corona is the Sun’s hottest atmospheric layer and is shaped by the star’s powerful magnetic field, shown best when its bright body is blocked out, in this case by this breathtaking natural phenomenon.