Big Picture: Total eclipse, of the sun!

Simply stunning! [via Big Picture]

Earlier today, the moon passed directly in front of the sun, causing a total solar eclipse that crossed nearly half the Earth – through Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and China. Today’s was the longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century, lasting as much as 6 minutes and 39 seconds in a few areas. Despite cloudy skies in many of the populated areas in the path, millions of people gathered outside to gaze up and view this rare event. Collected here are a few images of the eclipse, and those people who came out to watch. (33 photos total)


Much of the sun's corona becomes visible as the moon passes between the sun and the earth during a total solar eclipse, seen above Varanasi, India, Wednesday, July 22, 2009. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)


5 Responses to “Big Picture: Total eclipse, of the sun!”

  1. Great blog topic! This is such an amazing phenomenon and the photos at are awesome. Thanks!

  2. Nice one Deems, you beat me to it 🙂

  3. @Koukla – I’ve seen a couple solar (and lunar) eclipses in my lifetime but never such a total eclipse (and for so long too).

    @baldricman – early bird gets the post online 🙂

  4. Craig Seeman Says:

    Mmm =] Is it just me or do eclipses produce the most awe inspiring pictures?

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