Partial Solar Eclipse. (2013-10-23) (Credit: Jeremy Perez Flagstaff, Arizona, USA) This is a splendid photo of the eclipse. Mona Evans, “Solar Eclipses” http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art28395.asp
Tanzanian children try out their eclipse glasses in anticipation of the total eclipse on 2013-11-03. Telescopes to Tanzania is supported by Astronomers without Borders and is an initiative to bring astronomy to those involved in education in Tanzania. (Credit: Chuck Ruehle / Telescopes to Tanzania / Astronomers Without Borders) Mona Evans, "Solar Eclipses" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art28395.asp
A total eclipse of the sun coincides with the 2015 vernal equinox. "How rare is a total solar eclipse on the vernal equinox? Well, the last total solar eclipse on the March equinox occurred back in 1662 on March 20th. There was also a hybrid eclipse — an eclipse which was annular along a portion of the track, and total along another — on March 20th, 1681. But you won’t have to wait that long for the next, as another eclipse falls on the northward equinox on March 20th, 2034."
About a year and a half back in September 2010, this picture bagged top honors at the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition in the under-16 category. The photograph will now make it to an official annual book on the competition held by the Royal Observatory of Greenwich, UK.
Baily's beads during a total solar eclipse. The irregular landscape of the Moon means that its edge isn't perfectly smooth as it passes in front of the sun. It looks as if there are beads of bright sunlight coming through valleys and between mountains. They're named in honor of British astronomer Francis Baily who first explained them.
This isn't your average picture of the May 20, 2012 solar eclipse... it was taken from a balloon at 90,000 feet! A filter half-covered the lens, so the left side shows the Earth and the right the eclipsed Sun.
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