Sunset Eclipse Gallery
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Summary: The setting Sun became a strange-looking crescent in central parts of the United States on June 10, 2002, during a partial solar eclipse. [full story]

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  Photographer, Location, Date Larger images Comments

Patty Beasley, Corpus Christi, Texas, USA #1, #2, #3 Photo details: Sony DSC-F707 digital camera.

Jimmy Herrera and Lonnie Pacheco, Playa San Carlos, Jalisco, Mexico #1, #2 In a small region of Mexico, the June 10th eclipse was annular. Here the "ring of fire" sinks toward the Pacific Ocean near the Mexican coast. Photo details: Olympus OM-1; 500mm f/8
catadioptric telephoto lens. 1/60s exposures with 400 KODAK ULTRA film."

Thad V'Soske, near Santa Isabel, California, USA #1 Thad used Kodak E100VS and an un-guided 400mm Canon lens to capture this multi-exposure sequence of the eclipse.

Dennis Mammana, Mt. Wilson, CA, USA #1, #2 D. Mammana: "I shot these images from Mt. Wilson, north of Pasadena. The sequence shows the eclipse over the 150-foot Solar Tower; a 35mm lens was used and the sun was recorded at 5-minute intervals. The crescents are projected through a tree onto the exterior wall of the 60-inch telescope dome."

Jay Reynolds, Schuele Planetarium in Bay Village, Ohio, USA #1 J. Reynolds: "We had about 25 people crowded around for viewing, since there were so many clouds, most could see the eclipse without any equipment. Most had never really seen an eclipse so easily before."

Brad Templeton, the Silicon Valley, California, USA #1, #2 Innumerable crescent suns are projected on cars and pavement through the leaves of a magnolia tree.

David Lee, Victoria, BC, Canada #1 Photo details: Nikon Coolpix 950 using afocal technique Telescope: Televue Pronto 480mm mounted on a Super Polaris mount

Joan Barnett, Goleta, CA, USA #1, more J. Barnett: "[These are] crescent images of the sun's light, filtered through my redwood trees, shining on my fence. The branches and needles of the redwoods act like many pinholes to create the images. The other shot shows the image projected through one lens of some binoculars. The eclipse was absolutely stunning!"

Joe Orman, Phoenix, Arizona, USA. #1 J. Orman: "This multiple exposure was taken on a single frame of film; it is not a composite and does not digitally combine images in any way. Exposures every 10 minutes show the sun progressing from uneclipsed, through maximum eclipse, then back to uneclipsed just before it set. Then 40 minutes after sunset, a final single exposure captured the twilight sky colors and the planets Venus (upper) and Jupiter (lower)."

Will Galloway, Cupertino, CA, USA #1, #2 W. Galloway: "These are 2 images of sunlight filtered through trees, creating crescent projections of the eclipse on the ground. This is one of my favorite things to see during an eclipse."

Richard Wessling, Milford, Ohio, USA #1 R. Wessling: "The clouds made a very interesting picture and acted as a nice filter."


  • from Steve Sumner of Colfax, CA: image
  • from Will Galloway of Cupertino, CA: image
  • from Hana Haas of Huntington Beach, CA: image. Haas used a glass filter plate for welding from Home Depot in front of the camera.
  • from Mike Lynch of Kentucky: image. The Sun was very near the cloudy horizon.
  • from Bart Santello of Phoenix, Arizona: image. "The image is a projection of the
    eclipse onto paper from a simple hole-in-cardboard setup."
  • from Brett Walker of Chippewa Falls, WI: image.
  • from Jon Smedley of El Paso, Texas: image.