The moon photobombs a sunset in this otherworldly solar eclipse image

A collage of 21 images shows the eclipsed sunset over Chile’s Atacama Desert on April 30, 2022. (Image credit: P. Horálek/ESO)

On April 30, sky watchers gathered to watch the sun set over the Atacama Desert, Chile, and to witness a much rarer phenomenon.

Before the sun passed below the horizon, the moon intercepted Earth’s view, temporarily blocking a small portion of the solar circle in the first partial solar eclipse of 2022. That phenomenon is shown in a fascinating collage, published by the Observatory Southern European (ESO) on May 9. The image combines a series of photographs from the night of the solar eclipse to produce a record of the path of the moon in front of the descending sun.

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