Gerhana ‘Cincin Api’: Amazing Pictures

Jutaan mata telah menyaksikan fenomena gerhana cincin api yang terlihat di seluruh bulatan bumi, yang membentang di Pasifik dari Asia ke barat Amerika Serikat. Gerhana terjadi saat Bulan berada pada posisi terjauh dari Bumi dan tidak sepenuhnya menghalangi Matahari. Gerhana lewat di atas Tokyo sebelum beredar di atas pulau-pulau Aleutian di Alaska dan membuat pendaratan di barat AS. Di Jepang diadakan “tur gerhana” di sekolah-sekolah dan taman, pada kapal dan bahkan pesawat terbang pribadi. Acara serupa juga diadakan di China dan Taiwan. TV di Tokyo menyiarkan acara tersebut secara langsung. Hujan ringan sempat mewarnai kemunculan gerhana di Tokyo, tapi awan tipis membuat pandangan menjadi sempurna. “Itu adalah pemandangan yang sangat misterius. Saya belum pernah melihat yang seperti ini,” kata Kaori Sasaki, yang bergabung dengan keramaian di pusat kota Tokyo, seperti dilansir BBC, Senin (21/5). Perusahaan elektronik raksasa Jepang, Panasonic, mengirimkan ekspedisi ke puncak Gunung Fuji untuk memfilmkan gerhana menggunakan peralatan bertenaga surya. “Tujuan kami adalah untuk menyiarkan gerhana annular yang paling indah di dunia dari gunung tertinggi di Jepang,” kata perusahaan itu.

(Ideal vantage point: Some of the most stunning pictures of Sunday’s annular eclipse were taken from space)

Namun, di Hong Kong skywatchers tidak begitu beruntung. Ratusan orang berkumpul di sepanjang pantai Kowloon, di mana Space Museum telah mendirikan teleskop surya, tapi awan tebal menghalangi pemandangan. Di AS, dilaporkan gerhana terlihat di Reno, Nevada, Oakland, California, dan di tempat lain. Ratusan orang juga berkunjung ke Monumen Nasional Petroglyph di Albuquerque, New Mexico, yang dianggap sebagai salah satu titik pandang terbaik.

(Satellite: These images were taken by the Japanese-owned Hinode telescope which is constantly pointed at the sun)

“Itu harus menjadi hal tercantik yang pernah saya lihat,” kata Brent Veltri dari Salida, Colorado. Gerhana itu sepenuhnya terlihat memiliki lebar melintasi 240 sampai 300 km, tetapi pandangan parsial dapat dilihat di sebagian besar Asia Timur dan Amerika Utara. Seri ruang teleskop Slooh telah meliput acara di situsnya. (abe)

Sumber berita: Cukupsatu.com, 21/5/12

(Ring of fire: This satellite image captures the moment where the moon covered nearly the entire face of the sun)

(A branch foregrounds the heart shaped sun during an annular solar eclipse seen from Los Angeles)

(Hikers watch an annular eclipse from Papago Park in Phoenix)

(A small bird rests at a powerline backgrounded by an annular solar eclipse seen from Los Angeles)

(Scottsdale, America: The moon is pictured as it passes between the earth and the sun briefly blocking out most of the sun’s surface)

(A thundershower rolls through as an annular solar eclipse appears in Gardnerville, Nevada)

(The eclipse in Wisconsin: The ‘annular eclipse’ in which the moon passes in front of the sun leaving only a golden ring around its edges, was visible to wide areas across China, Japan and elsewhere in the region before moving across the Pacific to be seen in parts of the western United States)

(A plane flies past an annular solar eclipse from Taguig city, east of Manila, Philippines)

(An annular solar eclipse appears above a Ferris wheel in the sky over Yokohama near Tokyo)

(An annular eclipse appears at a waterfront park in Yokohama, near Tokyo)

(Stunning: The unusual event stood out against the evening sky in Odessa, Texas)

(Partial eclipse: The moon moving between the earth and the sun, blocking out some of the light)

(Clear: Cloudless skies above the Grand Canyon allowed observers a great view of the astronomic event)

(The big C: The annular solar eclipse is spotted in the sky above Chandler, Arizona)

(Fire in the sky: This photo shows the solar eclipse from downtown Fort Worth, Texas)

(Light show: The eclipse is seen reflected in a pool of water in Beijing, China)

(Sky stunner: The solar eclipse, in which the moon passes in front of the sun leaving only a golden ring around its edges, is seen briefly during a break in clouds over Taipei, Taiwan)

(‘I’ve never seen anything like it’: A partial eclipse is seen from Tokyo as the sun and moon aligned over the earth in the rare astronomical event)

(View: A plane flies above the annular solar eclipse in a stunning image from Irving, Texas)

Sumber gambar: Daily Mail.co.uk, 22/5/12


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