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Introduction to Astronomy


Total Solar Eclipse Umbra Photo


This is the total solar eclipse of August 11, 1999, which passed over Europe and the Middle East, and into India. The Moon's umbra can be clearly seen as a black disk, approximately 100 Km across.

The photo was taken by a French astronaut from the Mir space station, shortly before it was abandoned (it subsequently fell into the Earth's atmosphere and was destroyed).

Copyright 1999 Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales


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