Astronomy buffs will know that two days ago there was an annular solar eclipse visible from Australia and much of the South Pacific (this eclipse occurs when the Moon blocks most of the Sun’s image, leaving a ring of fire, or annulus, around the edge of the Moon). Reader John Scanlon was in Oz to take pictures, and sent us two:
I took a series of pics just as the sun showed, but only got the internal reflection in the last few when it was clear of the horizon. Like much of the Pilbara, the area we were working is mostly banded ironstone and spiny Triodia hummock grass (as seen just before the sunrise in the other shot) and it’s at the far western end of the eclipse track, but close to its centreline. I only heard about the eclipse the night before, and simply walked up the nearest hill from camp before even coffee, so the alignment with ‘Mount Delphine’ was fortuitous.
And the site in normal view: