A total solar eclipse observed from the Harvard College Observatory in March 1970.
American scientists prepared to observe the total solar eclipse in Kamen-na-Obi, in the Altai region of the USSR.
The annular solar eclipse in May 1984 captured through a telescope.
A rose by any name
Five individual photographs, each exposed for a different radius of the sun's corona, combine here in a digital mosaic of the July 1991 total solar eclipse from Baja, California.
Look out above
People viewed a partial solar eclipse in May 1994 at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Ken Helle)
Two people used paper eclipse glasses to view the August 1999 eclipse from France.
A woman helped her great-granddaughter view a partial solar eclipse at the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland, California, in June 2002. The moon covered two-thirds of the sun.
In Gaza City, viewers used X-ray prints to view the partial eclipse in March 2006. (Note that using X-ray film or photographic film to view the sun can be dangerous, and is no longer recommended.)
A partial solar eclipse was visible in most parts of China for about 2 hours in March 2007, and it was also visible in Japan and India. Here, a woman used a card with a solar filter embedded to view the eclipse in Changchun, Jilin province, China.
The March 2007 partial solar eclipse photographed through a dark filter from Nanjing, Jiangsu province, China.
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