Back in 2003, photographer and astronomer Fred Bruenjes traveled to the depths of Antarctica in search of a total eclipse. For his troubles, he got this absolutely astonishing image of the eclipse ripping a hole in space above Antarctica.

That image, to be fair, has been processed and doctored slightly to create a more dramatic image. Bruenjes says it's a composite of four different photographs that capture what the eclipse felt like to him. But the basics of the photo that make it so dramatic - the stark Antartic wilderness, the Sun and Moon hovering just above the horizon, and a fellow photographer and his equipment caught in the frame - are all part of the original image, which you can see here.


For a more detailed explanation of how Bruenjes found this image and created this amazing photo, check out his website.

[via NASA]