Grand Tetons Solar Eclipse
Flying on the northwestern side of the Grand Tetons during the Great American Eclipse, this image of the mountainous silhouette occurred at the exact moment the Grand Tetons were in the very center of the umbra or moons shadow. This was the full zenith, directly centered under the moon’s shadow creating what is called a maximum eclipse totality. Lasting only a short time, this was translucent darkness that you could clearly see-through.
The atmospheric conditions created by the smoke from numerous forest fires across the west glows on the outer edges of the penumbra in the distance. It is a dark and moody scene created by an astronomical event, captured from a bush plane flying through the event as it passes over the earth at 1,800 miles per hour. For the full story on this image visit the corresponding page on Where Eagles Fly