Annular Solar Eclipse

A few photos of the May 20th 2012 Annular Solar Eclipse from Japan to the United States

Curated by Jason Kravitz
May 22, 2012

An annular solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the earth and the sun. The moon appears smaller than the sun and in some places causes a ring of fire or bright circular halo of the sun (also called an annulus).

The following are a few images of the Annular Solar Eclipse that occurred on May 20th 2012. The photos were mainly taken in Japan, Canada, and the United States, where the eclipse was most visible.

The May 20, 2012 Annular Eclipse as captured from Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur, California.

We began planning for our Eclipse shot with the Photographer's Ephemeris which we used to down select a site for the shoot. We were looking for a beach location and considered Pigeon Point Lighthouse, Point Lobos, Point Sur, The Point Sur Lighthouse and of course Pfeiffer beach which we ultimately chose.


Sunday May 20th. 6PM Pacific Time. I stepped out the back door & in the heavy overcast above me there was an eclipse underway. I had no idea this eclipse was to happen. As luck had it I had my camera with me. I used my 18-250mm. lens fully zoomed in. I've cropped it but other than that this is how it appeared.


Partial solar eclipse in western US. May 20, 2012, a few minutes before sunset.


AM 7:29:58 May 21, 2012 @大阪


Yesterday's Solar Eclipse shot through my Meade 2080 8" SCT telescope.


A composite of the annular eclipse as seen from Nevada.

I chose to leave the ghost images in (internal lens reflection?) because I liked what it added to the picture!



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