SAAO, Sutherland Earth's Shadow

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The Earth's Shadow - South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO), Sutherland. Scroll along sideways to see this 180º panorama taken by Willie Koorts in June 2006. Taken in the clear air of the Northern Cape it shows the purple dark shadow of Earth cast into the atmosphere and topped by the pink Belt of Venus. The dome at left houses the 11m South African Large Telescope (SALT). More shadow images and animations under 'Foto Album' - 'Gordel van Venus' here. Image ©Willie Koorts, shown with permission.