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Stunning Snapshots of Sunday’s Solar Eclipse

This amazing shot of the partial solar eclipse on themorning of november 3 was taken from Kearny, New Jersey on a hill over looking Manhattan. Credit: Chris Cook
This amazing shot of the partial solar eclipse on the morning of November 3 was taken from Kearny, New Jersey, on a hill overlooking Manhattan. Credit: Chris Cook

Sky-watchers in most of the Western Hemisphere were treated to a rare solar eclipse on November 3, and many captured picture-postcard views, particularly at sunrise.

The moon’s dark shadow appeared to eat away at the face of the sun on Sunday, November 3, giving lucky sky-watchers in most of equatorial Africa a view of a total eclipse. Those watching along the eastern coast of North America, northern South America, southern Europe, and the Middle East saw a stunning partial eclipse at sunrise.

Although the Earth crosses between the moon and the sun every month, a total solar eclipse occurs only when the three celestial bodies are perfectly aligned so that the moon casts its dark central shadow (called the umbra) onto a very narrow strip along the surface of the Earth.

Here are samples of some of the amazing snapshots that captured the breathtaking beauty of the eclipse.

A view out the window of a plane flying over th e Atlantic ocean offers a unique perspective of the darkness occuring during the brief moments of a total solar eclipse.  Credit: Ben Cooper
A view out the window of a plane flying over th e Atlantic ocean offers a unique perspective of the darkness occuring during the brief moments of a total solar eclipse. Credit: Ben Cooper

In just over the course of 3.3 hours, the moon’s dark shadow touched down 620 miles (1,000 kilometers) east of Jacksonville, Florida, at sunrise. The path of the totalitywhere the entire solar disk is coveredthen raced across the open north Atlantic Ocean and through central Africa, until the lunar shadow left the Earth’s surface in Somalia at local sunset. In total, the moon’s shadow traveled a path of some 8,450 miles (13,600 kilometers) across the globe.

THree sleepy chilren bask in the partially eclipsed sunrise from Holden Beach, North Carolina. Credit: Tavi Greiner
Sleepy sky-watchers and seagulls bask in the partially eclipsed sunrise from Holden Beach, North Carolina. Credit: Tavi Greiner

 

 

A pier on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean in Willmington, North Carlina sets the seen for a special eclipse sunrise. Credit: Conrad Pope
A pier on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean in Wilmington, North Carolina, sets the scene for a special eclipse sunrise. Credit: Conrad Pope

“With the passage of a cold front the day before, the weather was perfect. The sun rose from the ocean and was distorted by the temperature difference between the air and the ocean,” said photographer Conrad Pope.

“I’ve seen many eclipses and many more sunrises, but none looked like this.”

The next solar eclipse will occur on April 29, 2014, when the moon’s shadow path will cross over Antarctica. A partial eclipse will be visible again from North America on October 29, 2014.

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Comments

  1. Nathan Willett
    October 10, 1:30 am

    nice FAKE photo. anyone with a brain would know that the sun is not even close to that big. but as a photoshop artist im sure you will do great

  2. ed
    nyc
    November 29, 2013, 1:01 pm

    love the stars

  3. Frank Reed
    Conanicut Island USA
    November 21, 2013, 9:45 pm

    Fun with astronomical position-finding… Your caption for the photo by Chris Cook of the eclipse over the NYC skyline is a bit incorrect. Astronomical clues (the azimuth and angular diameter of the Sun) and foreground features allow the location of the photographer to be pinned down within about TEN FEET (!). He was located right at the entrance to the James Zadroga Memorial Soccer Field with is located in North Arlington, NJ, not in neighboring Kearny, NJ as stated in your caption. Go here: 40.787014,-74.123848 (lat, lon) to see the exact skyline view (minus the eclipse). That means, by the way, that the skyline in that beautiful photo is really TWO skylines: Manhattan and, in front of it, Union City, New Jersey. The church steeple just below the Sun is St. Joseph’s in Union City.

  4. M. Chase
    Utah
    November 21, 2013, 10:02 am

    Solar eclipses are a miracle of nature. They are beautiful in every way, and I cannot wait for the 2017 solar eclipse nearby!

  5. pedro jesus pato b
    madrid
    November 11, 2013, 7:39 pm

    ESPECTACULARES ESOS FOTOGRAFOS MOSTRANDONOS EL MUNDO VITAL,SUERTE,UN BELLO TRABAJO,SALUDOS

  6. ilyn billao
    baguio city,philippines
    November 11, 2013, 12:20 am

    mesmerizing phenomena!!wonderful photos

  7. michele
    tampa
    November 10, 2013, 2:12 am

    Congrats on this great shot.

  8. Mark Hess
    Moncks Corner,SC
    November 9, 2013, 12:37 pm

    Bravo Tavi Greinef, great shot from Holden Bch ,NC. I too had an eclipse shot picked up by Fox NewsNational broadcast and one local channel. Great job!

  9. MARC SALIFU
    Nigeria
    November 9, 2013, 11:59 am

    It was an awesome scene to behold,though not dark bt we in africa saw a very beautiful atmoshere.this will live long in the heart of men.

  10. takom
    Cyprus
    November 8, 2013, 3:51 pm

    love Nat geo

  11. El Gabilon
    November 8, 2013, 2:07 pm

    Stuning? Amazing? We admit that the photo is beautiful, but as for the eclipse we give it a thumbs down. These shots should have contained several as the eclipse progressed until such time as a total eclipse was reached and one could see the corona.. Surely someone must have photos of that!
    The photographer seems to have gotten carried away by the color of the sky rather than concentrating on the eclipse itself, which after all was the reason he was there.

  12. katherine
    November 8, 2013, 4:55 am

    Amazing!!!

  13. juni salman
    Indonesia
    November 8, 2013, 4:42 am

    great view

  14. D. Young
    Beijing,China
    November 8, 2013, 3:52 am

    Amazing!

  15. Miriam Santa Maria
    Argentina
    November 7, 2013, 2:18 pm

    Desde aquí no se podía ver,pero en estas fotos se percibe lo impresionante que es un eclipse solar,ya sea total o parcial.Gracias por compartirlo.

  16. karen
    new york city
    November 7, 2013, 12:22 pm

    LOVE IT ……..

  17. Alejandra Patricia Vilchis Martinez
    Mexico
    November 7, 2013, 11:12 am

    Bello!

  18. Abraham Jos
    Bangalore, India
    November 7, 2013, 11:09 am

    How rare is this? I guess its never happened before. And, how come, such a rare occurrence is not talked about by other media??!!

  19. soliman hassan
    Alexandria, Egypt
    November 7, 2013, 6:28 am

    I have some photos for the eclipse taken from Alexandria Egypt how can I send it to be showed

  20. Antoinette Amegbletor
    November 7, 2013, 5:50 am

    Stunning! This capture of the solar Eclipes takes my breath away!
    I could not get to watch the event as was not having protection for my eyes, am happy I have the opportunity to see this here,thanks to Nagoe.
    Well done for sharing Andrew,I have enjoyed viewing.

  21. MD Othman
    Salamanca
    November 7, 2013, 4:02 am

    We could partially observed the event over Salamanca, Spain but it was an occasion to be remembered a lifetime…it was on my birthday!

  22. thalia esther hdezperez
    oaxaca,oax,mexico
    November 7, 2013, 2:52 am

    una verdadera maravilla los eclipses solares …felicitaciones para el (los) fotografos por el don que tiene para captar las maravillas del mundo y mirarlas y admirarlas millones de veces