10 images from the August 1, 2008, total solar eclipse

Posted by Michael Bakich
on Friday, September 12, 2014

Everyone loves images of total solar eclipses. The first set I posted, from the March 29, 2006 event, proved popular. So, again looking forward to the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse that will cross the United States, here’s a gallery of images from a similar event that took place August 1, 2008.

The total phase of the eclipse began in northern Canada, then the track spent a lot of time over open water until it contacted Russia. Finally, people living under clear skies in parts of China and Mongolia experienced totality. The shadow’s last contact with Earth was in the province of Henan. The greatest duration of totality was 2 minutes and 27 seconds.

This imager captured and stacked multiple shots of the eclipse above the Ob Reservoir outside Novosibirsk, Russia. // Ben Cooper

First contact occurs when the Moon takes the initial bite out of the Sun’s disk. // Mike Stegina

The diamond ring combines the last look at the Sun’s brilliant disk with the first glimpse of the evanescent corona. // Ben Cooper

This sequence of stacked images shows Baily’s beads (left) progressing into totality. // Tunç Tezel

Advanced processing techniques brought out much detail in the Sun’s corona. // Anthony Ayiomamitis

Without a lot of processing — and to the eye — the corona has a rather soft appearance. // Anthony Ayiomamitis

Heavy (but careful) processing can reveal small coronal streamers and other details. // Patrick Martinez

Some imagers like to combine their shots into a montage. // Ben Cooper

Different filters, different cameras, and different numbers of images produce different montages. // Anthony Ayiomamitis

Combining several dozen shots provides an overview of the eclipse’s highlights. // Tunç Tezel

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