Why little blue 'shadows' showed up in many total solar eclipse photos


As people continue to share their solar eclipse photos on social media, you may have noticed some odd occurrences in some of the pictures.

In many photos, a little blue crescent appears in the corner.

SkyWatch 17 Meteorologist Colleen Mehlberg said this little blue crescent's cameo appearance is the result of a lens flare.

Watch her full explanation below.

This lens flare happens when a camera is exposed to bright light, such as the sun.

Often lens flares show up as dots or blobs on photos, but in the case of a solar eclipse you can get lens flares with a little more character.

The eclipse caused many photos with blue shadows appearing at all stages as the moon passed over the sun.

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