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A line of sun images in the sky above a large telescope.
Date Taken:
December 4, 2021
Photograph By:
Aman Chokshi, NSF
License Type:
Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

This is a composite image illustrating the 4 December 2021 partial solar eclipse as viewed at the South Pole. A photo of the sun was taken about every four minutes. This image also illustrates how the sun circles horizontally above the horizon - rather than rising and setting as it does outside of the high latitudes.

The South Pole, located at 9,300 feet above sea level, is an excellent location for studying astrophysics. The buildings are the South Pole Telescope (left) and BICEP (right).

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