A Tour Through Solar Eclipses of the Past (24 photos)

This post is by Pierre-Louis Ferrer from The Atlantic Photo

As much of North America prepares for the upcoming total solar eclipse next week, I thought it would be fun to share some images from the recent (and not-so-recent) past of previous eclipses—annular, partial, and total—from around the world. Also pictured are some of the many observers sharing this fleeting experience, “witnessing the planetary version of a lightning strike,” together in stadiums, parks, and beaches.

Two people sit on rocks overlooking water, with a partly-eclipsed sun setting in the distance.
Young people watch the rare sight of a partial solar eclipse at sunset, as seen from Manila Bay, Philippines, on January 26, 2009.

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