Earth Shadow

Before sunrise on a clear morning the earth's shadow can be seen setting in the west. This was a particularly clear morning a couple of days after full moon. The clear air over a large area of the country led to a well defined shadow contrasting with the sunlit upper atmosphere.

Composite of 4 images

This panorama covers about 120 degrees and shows very well what the earth's shadow looks like on a clear morning.
The sun is still a couple of degrees below the horizon and the antisolar point is a little to the right of centre.

It helps to have a good horizon otherwise the overall effect is lost.

The calm clear night led to the formation of mist in the valley, which later produced some good fogbows.

Fuji Finepix S5000    1st September 2004
Wiltshire, England

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