Being in the right place, at the right time, with the proper gear is everything when it comes to capturing a phenomenon from a unique perspective. Photographer and astronomer Matt Robinson happened to be in Chile on July 2nd where the only total solar eclipse of 2019 occurred. Robinson created a hyperlapse of the event using his DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone.

‘I wasn’t sure if it was going to work but I didn’t want to use it manually because I wanted to watch what was my first-ever eclipse,’ Robinson told PetaPixel. ‘Around 10 minutes before totality, the drone was sent up above our camp and programmed to fly along and above the spectacular Elqui Valley in Chile.’ Robinson said, ‘I stood there with my hands on my head, mouth gawping at what looked like a portal to another dimension opening just above the horizon.’

The Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom, released in late 2018, are the first DJI drones that feature the Hyperlapse Mode. This makes it relatively simple to capture a time-lapse. Coupled with the Mavic 2's Hasselblad camera, it's not surprising the footage turned out well. 'It had captured the shadow of the moon traveling through the valley and right over us,' said Robinson.