This incredible image, which shows a breathtakingly beautiful solar corona surrounding the moon during a total solar eclipse, is actually not one photo at all — it’s a combination of 47 images taken using two lenses.
The photo was taken by Czech photographer Miloslav Druckmüller from a pier outside the Enewetak Radiological Observatory on the Marshall Islands during a 2009 expedition hosted by the Chair of the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii.
It was during this trip that the photographer had the incredible opportunity to see a total solar eclipse from what is basically the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The location offered an unfettered, crystal clear view of this amazing and rare phenomenon.
Here’s a closer look at the composite Druckmüller was able to put together documenting the experience:
And here’s an even more detailed view showing the inner corona:
Image credits: Images by Miloslav Druckmüller and used with permission.