Astronomy magazine has a tier of top-notch image contributors who consistently send us their work. In addition, we receive sporadic (or even one-time) submissions from people who witness celestial events such as planetary lineups, meteor showers, and eclipses. In anticipation of the August 21, 2017, total solar eclipse, here’s a gallery of images from a similar event that took place March 29, 2006.
The total phase of the eclipse was first visible in Brazil. The Moon’s dark inner shadow then traveled across the Atlantic, northern Africa, and central Asia. The eclipse ended at sunset in western Mongolia. The greatest duration of totality was 4 minutes and 7 seconds.
A partial phase begins the event. // David Harrington
Diamond ring! // Leslie Marczi
Solar prominences appear along the eclipsed Sun's edge. // Robert Gillette
The Sun's corona is its outer atmosphere. // Jamie Cooper
Image processing brings out great detail in the corona. // Leslie Marczi
'Corona' is Latin for 'crown.' // Yiannis Mavromatis
An eclipse sequence shows how things progressed. // Wayne Smethurst
You only see the corona during totality. // Martin Stirland
This photographic sequence begins at the diamond ring and ends at second contact. // Randy Attwood
Another image captures the great corona. // Jeff Buell
Here's a wide-field view of the entire eclipse. // Daniel Schechter
The diamond ring and prominences are both visible. // Judy Bowen
This spectacular sequence surrounded totality. // Ian Wardlaw