Solar Eclipse Gallery
May 31, 2003

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Summary: Sky watchers in Alaska, parts of Canada, most of Europe and Asia enjoyed a partial eclipse of the Sun on May 31st. In most places the sun appeared to be a crescent, but from parts of Greenland, Iceland and Scotland the moon passed directly in front of the sun. From there the sun became a fiery ring--an annular eclipse. [full story]

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  Photographer, Location, Date Larger images Comments

Nick Francis, Durness, Scotland #1, #2, #3, #4 N. Francis: "At first it seemed that the 300 or so people crowded onto the small beach in Durness were doomed to experience this eclipse through clouds, but we were very lucky. The cheers and atmosphere that occurred when the sun rose up was amazing--something I will never forget."

Markus Burch, Olafsfjordur, Iceland #1, #2, more Markus Burch traveled to Iceland from his home in Switzerland to see this annular eclipse. Photo details: Nikon D-100 camera with a Sigma 170-500 mm teleobjective.

Zsolt Kereszty, In front of the Church of Pannonhalma Mount, Ecs, Hungary #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, more These images show how Earth's atmosphere acts as a refracting lens, distorting the shape of the low-hanging sun and moon.

Anthony Ayiomamitis, near Athens, Greece #1, #2, #3, #4 "The clouds seem to have been a blessing in disguise as they provided for some wonderful colors and effects around the eclipsed sun," says Anthony

Tamer Atac, Istanbul, Turkey #1, #2 Photo details:Nikon FE10 used with 60-300 mm Soligor Zoom lens, exposures 1/1000-500 at f/16-22, film Kodak Ultra.

Philippe Haake, Geneva, Switzerland #1 "Here is a shot of the solar eclipse taken on the Lake of Geneva next to Evian."

MOVIE
Francine Benvenuto, Tarbatness, near Inverness, Scotland MOVIE

This 2.5 MB movie was shot by Francine in Scotland and edited by Antoine and Lionel of the Astro Biniou Club in France.

Robert Haas, Hoogmade, Holland #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6 none

Lionel Bernardi, Monte Carlo, Monaco #1 "Unfortunately the eclipse was very short because the sun was low, but [it stirred] great emotion," says Lionel.

Michel Benvenuto, Tarbatness, near Inverness, Scotland #1, #2 Photo details: Fuji Reala 400 film through a 28mm lens at F/D 5.6 in 1/30s.

Krzysztof Petrykowski, Wroclaw, Poland #1 These six views of the eclipsed sun were captured between 4:55 and 5:55 a.m. local time.

Peter Kronenberg, Mt. Rigi, Switzerland #1, #2, #3, #4 The odd shape of the crescent in this image is a result of the atmosphere acting as a lens to distort the low-hanging sun. Photo details: Olympus OM-2, 500mm Tele, Fuji 200 ASA film.

TunÁ Tezel, Bursa,
Turkey
#1, #2, #3, #4 T. Tezel: "My father and I observed the eclipse from a vantage point 450 meters above from the sea level and 300 meters above the Bursa Plain"

More: from Katarina Riesel of Stockholm, Sweden; from J.L. Peters of The Netherlands; from Les Howarth of Burghead, Scotland; from Bruno Nolf of Otegem, Belgium; from Davide Nava-Monza of Italy;