Totally eclipsed sun, early morning 24 October 1995.
© Kevin Johnson / Science & Society Picture Library
The moon has moved in front of the sun and blocked its light. This allows the corona, the sun's outer atmosphere, to be seen along with solar flares or prominences which appear as red tongues of light. The eclipse was observed from Fatehpur Sikri, a ruined Mughal city near Accra in northern India. (The photograph was taken using a small reflecting telescope of 125mm aperture and a focal length of 500mm with a focal ratio of 14.5. The exposure was 1/30 second using 100 ISO Kodak Ektachrome slide film).