TEM-01—Expanded view of the corona during totality. Nine frames at varying exposures were combined to create this detailed view of the corona. The star Regulus is seen at lower left.

On August 21, 2017 just after 9:06 a.m. in Madras, Oregon, the moon began to obscure the sun’s face. One hour and thirteen minutes later, the moon begins to completely cover the disk of the sun in one of the wondrous alignments of the solar system: a total solar eclipse. The sky grew dark as the moon’s shadow raced over our heads, the temperature dropped twenty degrees Fahrenheit, an eerie deep twilight settled around us. For just over two minutes we watched in astonishment as a black spot hovered where the sun should be. Large tendrils of plasma extended like a huge creature in the sky around the disk: the corona. Below is a selection of images from the two minutes of totality and the two hours and thirty-five minutes of eclipse.  (Click on images to enlarge)

TEM-02—Single frame image of the sun/moon during totality.

TEM-03—Sequence of telephoto images of the sun/moon during partial and total phases.

TEM-04—Sequence of the sun/moon in the sky above Madras High School. The scoreboard is counting down the seconds to the end of totality.

TEM-05—The sun/moon in the sky above Madras High School. The scoreboard is counting down the seconds to the end of totality.

TEM-06—NASA photographer Aubrey Gemignani, Ann and myself during totality.

TEM-07—Sunspots in the lower left corner of the sun over an hour after the moon began to cover the sun.

TEM-08—The “diamond ring” effect just before second contact.

TEM-09—“Bailey’s beads” appear just before totality.

TEM-10—Red prominences are seen extending from the sun’s surface during totality.

TEM-11—More red prominences are seen as the moon just starts to move off the suns’ disk.

TEM-12—“Bailey’s beads” appear just after third contact.

TEM-13—The “diamond ring” effect just after third contact.

TEM-14—Sunspots in the center of the sun during the second partial phase.

2017:TOTALITY | 2017 | ECLIPSES | Comments (4)

4 Responses to “2017:TOTALITY”

  1. Nancy Scherl says:

    These are phenomenal, Stan! The full process is so intriguing and the resulting images are astounding.

  2. Nancy A says:

    Now I feel like I really saw it!

  3. Dave Kiefer says:

    Fantastic shots Stan. I was rained out in St. Joseph, MO except for the final moments when I saw diamond ring. Now looking at your photos I realize I actually saw 1 or 2 seconds of Bailey’s Beads.

    I hope you don’t mind if I put about 6 of these as a “Special Report” within the topic of the moon and eclipses in my AAA Astronomy 101 class. Full credit and explanation of your work, of course, and only for classroom viewing not as a download to students.

  4. Kerry says:

    Totally cool!!! Fabulous pictures!

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