Photos: Annular Solar Eclipse of May 20, 2012

Annular Solar Eclipse: May 20, 2012 - Mt. Fuji

Panasonic Eclipse Live from Fujiyama by Solar Power

The moon blots out the sun in an annular solar eclipse as seen from the base camp of Mt. Fuji in Japan on May 20, 2012 in this still from a webcast by Panasonic Eclipse Live from Fujiyama by Solar Power, which broadcast the event live online.

Annular Solar Eclipse Seen by Proba-2 Satellite


The European Space Agency's Proba-2 space weather satellite observed the annular solar eclipse on May 20, 2012. The event was used to assess the intensity of stormy "active regions" across the sun's face and to check the performance of Proba-2's SWAP imager.

May 2012 Solar Eclipse Over Golden Gate Bridge

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A "sun gun" shows an image of the partial solar eclipse of May 20, 2012 in San Francisco as the Golden Gate Bridge looms in the background.

Viewing May 2012 Solar Eclipse with a Collander

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Yelena Rubinshteyn holds a collander she used to project dozens of images of the May 20, 2012 solar eclipse at San Francisco's Crissy Field.

Homemade Viewer for May 2012 Solar Eclipse

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Six-year-old Cal Smolenski holds a homemade eclipse viewer at San Francisco's Crissy Field on May 20, 2012.

Annular Eclipse Sequence 2012

Imelda Joson and Edwin Aguirre

Imelda Joson and Edwin Aguirre recorded the May 20th annular eclipse of the Sun in from Page, Ariz., using a solar-filtered Takahashi FC-60 telescope and a Canon EOS 20D digital SLR camera.

Imelda with Her Telescope Viewing the Eclipse on May 20, 2012

Edwin Aguirre

Imelda Joson endured the desert heat to document the Moon’s passage across the sun with her portable Takahashi FC-60 telescope fitted with a Thousand Oaks metal-coated glass filter.

Edwin’s Setup for Viewing the Eclipse, May 20, 2012

Imelda Joson

Edwin Aguirre imaged the annular eclipse at hydrogen-alpha wavelength using a 60-millimeter double-stack-filtered Coronado SolarMax II hydrogen-alpha telescope, a 2X Barlow lens, and a Canon EOS 7D DSLR camera.

Horseshoe Bend Eclipse Viewing Location

Edwin Aguirre and Imelda Joson

Edwin Aguirre and Imelda Joson observed the 4 ½-minute-long annular eclipse from a ridge overlooking Horseshoe Bend in the Glen Canyon.

Eclipse Viewing at Los Angeles' Griffith Observatory

Maxim Senin

Skywatcher Maxim Senin turned his camera on the crowd of people gathered at Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles to view the annular solar eclipse, May 20, 2012.

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