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Annular Eclipse May 21, 2012 in Saitama
Japan

Annular eclipse on Monday 21th May, 2012 taken on the rest area along the Kan-etsu Highway. The Golden ring could be seen for about 5 min from 7:32 to 7:37 AM in Japan. This panorama was taken at 7:34-35. Many photographers and astronomers gathered on this area to see the event. In this morning, may be more than ten million people saw the show in Japan, although the condition the sky was not fair especially in the central Tokyo.

Pentax K-5 camera with 10-17 mm fisheye lens (11 mm). 1/250 s, f/8.0, ISO400. The photo of the annular ring was separately shot with the same lens, but equipped with a sun-filter, then composed onto the panorama photo. You may feel the brightness of the photo is too dark, but this can be compared with the other panorama (www.360cities.net/image/before-annular-eclipse-higashimatsuyama-saitama-japan) taken 20 min. before.

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Uploaded: 22/05/2012
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