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12 Must-See Photos Of The August 21st Total Solar Eclipse



Even if you were fortunate enough to see the total solar eclipse, otherwise known as the “Great American Eclipse,” on August 21, you haven’t seen it like this.

On the day of the highly-anticipated event, scientists, professionals, photographers and amateur astronomers flocked to the United States to watch the moon temporarily block out the Sun. In locations where the eclipse was viewed best, photographers had only a couple of minutes to capture the celestial event.

Fortunately, many had success doing so and later shared their images to Flickr Creative Commons. Some of the best photos we’ve seen are compiled below. All are unique and help put our incredible Solar System into perspective.

If you can’t wait to see another total solar eclipse, mark your calendar for April 8, 2024. That’s when the next event will be visible to citizens and tourists in the United States. Aspiring astronomers can also venture to South America in 2019, when a solar eclipse will occur on July 2.

Following are 12 must-see photos of the most recent solar eclipse:

Ted Hesser spent days planning for the perfect picture

The following photo was taken by Matt Drobnik in Charleston, South Carolina


SparkFun Electronics captured this unique perspective in Niwot, Colorado.

Eclipse 2017

Total Solar Eclipse, Aug. 21, 2017Charleston, SC© Jason Major

Posted by Jason Major on Monday, August 21, 2017

Jasman Mander captured this incredible time lapse in Oregon.

Sheila Sund from Oregon captured the eclipse on a slice of bread.

Eclipse Bread (Solar projection 15x)

Some people captured the eclipse through tree leaves!

Eclipse shadows

Folks on the International Space Station captured photos of the eclipse, as well!

A NASA photographer captured this photo on the ISS

Alaska Airlines captured this beauty

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The solar eclipse, as seen from an airplane flying above Oregon. (?: Alaska Airlines) #solareclipse #solareclipse2017

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Detail of prominences / solar flares.

h/t Science Alert

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