As seen on Astronomy Picture of the Day the total solar eclipse of 11 July 2010 above the Easter Island, a remote land of mysterious moai statues erased from the island’s yet-to-understand history. Click on the second photo to see TWAN photographer Stephane Guisard preparing for the eclipse. He started shooting photos and time-lapse videos from the night before just besides some of the 887 mysterious stone statues carved a thousand years ago on various sites of the island. There were concerns for the usual passing clouds above the island but the sky was suitably clear during the eclipse and 4.5 minutes of totality was seen at 40 degrees above the Island’s horizon.



comments (7)

  • Bob Reply

    EXCELLENT!!! Great shot!

    July 13, 2010 at 10:35 am
  • Michiel Reply

    ;o) This is kind of exactly what I had in mind, a few years ago when I found out Rapa Nui would be in the totality path of this eclipse. The birth of our daughter and other reasons, like the very long trip to get there, made us decide not to go… I’m a bit jealous…
    Thanks for sharing with us!

    July 14, 2010 at 1:17 am
  • John Reply


    July 14, 2010 at 8:29 am
  • Jeff Reply

    Fantastic photo! Any video clips?

    July 14, 2010 at 3:29 pm
  • Luis Reply

    This is a _fantastic_ photo!
    There is any chance to get a larger version?

    July 15, 2010 at 4:16 am
  • TWAN Reply

    Luis, you can contact the photographer for a larger version: Stephane Guisard (

    July 15, 2010 at 12:22 pm
  • TWAN Reply

    Jeff, yes a time-lapse video of this stunning scene is in production now by the photographer and will be published on TWAN in late July or early August 2010.

    July 15, 2010 at 12:24 pm

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