Corona through the eclipse

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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.

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