A view of the solar eclipse.

A view of the solar eclipse. Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2016 Hohonu Moana. Download larger version (jpg, 6.0 MB).

Solar Eclipse
March 8, 2016

We were prepared to dive on Salmon Bank this morning, but alas, the weather was still too rough to deploy the remotely operated vehicle. So, we worked on mapping two unnamed seamounts west of the bank. In the afternoon, we were treated to an exceptional phenomenon. The ship just happened to be in the perfect position to see a full solar eclipse. It was an amazing sight and an experience we will not soon forget. When the sun was in full eclipse, you could actually see what looked like a solar flare peeking out around the moon.