Images from the March 29, 2006, total solar eclipse

Posted by Michael Bakich
on Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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

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