Solar Eclipse Slideshow

IMAGE 1/12: Total by Ron Walker, Turkey, Virginia, March 7, 1970
IMAGE 2/12: Total by Dan Heim, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, July 11, 1991
IMAGE 3/12: Total by Kai Staats, Mauna Loa summit, Hawaii, July 11, 1991
IMAGE 4/12: Annular by Dan Heim, Dexter, New Mexico, May 10, 1994
IMAGE 5/12: Total by NASA, 50,000 feet above the Arctic, August 1, 2008
IMAGE 6/12: Annular by Ron Walker, northern Arizona, May 20, 2012
IMAGE 7/12: Partial by Julio Coppo, Camp Verde, Arizona, May 20, 2012
IMAGE 8/12: Partial by Dan Heim, New River, Arizona, May 20, 2012
IMAGE 9/12: Partial sequence composite by Kai Staats, New River, Arizona, May 20, 2012
IMAGE 10/12: Partial by Dr. Diane Dutkevitch, Yavapai College, Prescott, Arizona, May 20, 2012
IMAGE 11/12: Partial by Raul Espinoza, Star Veil Observatory, Tramonto, Arizona, October 23, 2014
IMAGE 11/12: Partial by Dan Heim, New River, Arizona, October 23, 2014

In celebration of the Great American Eclipse, this week I present a slideshow of past solar eclipses photographed by members of the Desert Foothills Astronomy Club — and one by NASA. The variety of images is fascinating. This post is mostly a showcase for how widely different solar eclipses can appear. No photographic details are included, but if you want to know the exposures and optics just visit our club’s Astrophotos page.

Today is August 21st, the day of the eclipse. I’ll be attempting a time-lapse of the entire event through an H-alpha filter that can capture solar flares, details on the disc of the Sun, and of course the black silhouette of the Moon. The event starts at 09:34 MST and ends at 12:00 here in Arizona. Maximum coverage (about 63%) occurs at 10:34. You’ll see my results next Monday in Sky Lights. I bid you clear skies wherever you are watching.

Next Week in Sky Lights ⇒ August 21, 2017 Partial Eclipse Time-Lapse

Observing the Great American Eclipse
August 21, 2017 Partial Eclipse Time-Lapse