It is basically a "catch it if you can" situation.  Known as the "Ring  of Fire" it is a partial solar eclipse that is not only an astronomers dream, but also an elusive dream for photographers from around the world.  It is safe to say that Dr. Joshua Nollenberg and his physicist and astronomy students were able to catch it, and they have the photograph to prove it!

SUNY Oneonta Physics and Astronomy students Joseph Nowhitney and Daniel Dejesus Minyety and Dr. Joshua Nollenberg arrived early in the morning last week at the top of SUNY Oneonta's Physical Science Building to take images of the morning's partial solar eclipse.

If you take a look at the photograph that was provided by the State University of New York at Oneonta you can see In the center frame the telescope and cameras that they used to peer through the thick fog, and in the side images, you can see the progression of the eclipse, when it was visible through the fog, from sunrise at the top left to the very last moment of the eclipse at the bottom right. The fog was so thick that the only image where a solar filter was used is at the bottom left.

We can only imagine how excited these college students were to finally catch the "Ring of Fire."

To learn more about the SUNY Oneonta Planetarium CLICK HERE.

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