This is what a Total Solar Eclipse looks like in 4K—Up Close and Real time

Spoiler Alert: It’s freaking beautiful!

So the 2017 Solar Eclipse has happened and everyone’s emotions are back on track.

Millions of people around the globe followed the Great American Eclipse via Television, while others—who were lucky enough in the United States—were able to follow the event up and close using special sunglasses or astronomical equipment.

The solar eclipse has been one of the most anticipated events in the United States. This solar eclipse was the first time in almost 100 years that a total solar eclipse crossed the United States from one side to the other.

After the eclipse, the internet was flooded with countless images and awesome videos of the event, but none of them were as awesome as this 4K video of the Solar Eclipse recorded by Rainbow Astro.

A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon moves between the Earth and the Sun. Compared to a Solar Eclipse, a lunar eclipse can be seen from any point of the Earth where it is at night during the eclipse, the Solar eclipse, on the other hand, is only seen in specific stripes that correspond to the trajectory of the cone of shadow that the moon casts on Earth’s surface.

The fact that total solar eclipses occur at all is a quirk of cosmic geometry. As it turns out, earth’s moon orbits our planet at an average distance of 385,000 kilometers which curiously, happens to be the right distance to appear the same size in the sky as our much larger sun.

The total solar eclipse of North America was visible north of the Pacific Ocean and crossed the United States of America concluding in Cape Verde, in the Atlantic Ocean.

Solar eclipses do not usually have a fixed periodicity in the short term, but each year there may be one or even two of them.

The next solar total eclipse will occur on July 2, 2019, and will be visible in South America, while in order to enjoy such a phenomenon in Europe for example, people on the “Old Continent” will have to wait until August 12, 2026.

The solar eclipse of 2026 will be partially observed in the United States, in Central America and part of South America, Europe, North Africa and parts of Russia.

But before we show off the mind-bending video which is really super cool, check out some of the most amazing images of the solar Eclipse right here:

Photographers Ted Hesser and Andrew Studer, along with climbers Martina Tibell and Tommy Smith, worked together to create some of the most memorable images of the 2017 total solar eclipse.Only SIX humans from space, NASA’s Randy Bresnik, Jack Fischer and Peggy Whitson, ESA’s Paolo Nespoli, and Roscosmos’ Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Sergey Ryazanskiy – witnessed the solar eclipse’s umbra while traveling on board the International Space Station. Image Credit: ISS/NASAThis composite image shows the progression of a total solar eclipse over Madras, Oregon. Photo Credit: (NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)Visible in this image is the Diamond Ring effect, or Bailey’s beads, Image Credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani

Ok enough of the images, while the pictures are really cool, this video is stunning. Enjoy it!

About the video:

2017 North America Total Solar Eclipse
Close-up Real-Time

Telescope : Takahashi Mewlon18C (fl:2160mm, f:12)
Camera : Panasonic GX85
Mount : RainbowAstro RST-150H Harmonic Drive Mount
Location : Warm Springs, OR, US
Date : 21, Aug, 2017
BGM : Flowing Air – Mattia Vlad Morleo
Photographer : JunHo Oh

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