This Eclipse Photo Taken From Space Can't Possibly Be Real, Can It?

By Jesus Diaz on at

I refuse to believe this image of the eclipse is real, as much as I wish it is. Not that it couldn't be real. It can. I've seen plenty of photos of eclipses taken from space, but this one is just too awesome to be real.

I've spent the last two hours trying to find the original source after receiving this pointer. I wasn't successful. It may be a combination of a real shot of an anular eclipse and another real shot of the shadow of the moon over Earth during another eclipse. Or maybe some nutter fired up a weather balloon with a camera and got lucky?

So I will ask you, oh space junkies of the world, expert Redditors at /r/space, dear bad astronomers: what do you think? Is this real? [Thanks Nick!]

Update: As commenter Benjymous pointed out, the picture is from those tricksters over at Deviantart. Still very pretty though.

Extra bonus because we like you so much: Some impressive images that we know are real...

This Mind Blowing Image of the Eclipse Taken From Space Can't Possibly Be Real

Demon eclipse. [Twitpic]

This Mind Blowing Image of the Eclipse Taken From Space Can't Possibly Be Real

Astroproposal. [Mlkshk]

This Mind Blowing Image of the Eclipse Taken From Space Can't Possibly Be Real

Solar eclipse on hand. [Mlkshk]