Totality on August 21, 2017

Celestial News & Events

Solar and Lunar Eclipses in 2020

Six eclipses occur in 2020, with one total and one annular solar eclipse in the mix. But the four lunar eclipses will be disappointing brushes through the fringe of Earth's shadow.

Chile-Argentina eclipse path in 2020

Celestial News & Events

2020 Total Solar Eclipse: Update from Patagonia

Check out the viewing site and accommodations in Argentina's lush Lake District for Sky & Telescope's expedition to witness the 2020 total solar eclipse on December 14, 2020.

Diamond Ring

Celestial Objects to Observe

Plan for the Next Total Solar Eclipse

Totality is addictive — once you've seen one total solar eclipse, you're hankering for the next one. Some exciting destinations are getting ready for their dances with darkness.

Explore the Night with Bob King

A Space Rock Strikes Moon During the Total Lunar Eclipse

The Moon got bonked by a space rock during Sunday's total lunar eclipse. Take a look!

Celestial News & Events

Solar and Lunar Eclipses in 2019

There'll be something for everybody in 2019, with total, annular, and partial solar eclipses — and total and partial lunar eclipses to look forward to.

Astronomy and Stargazing Projects

Useful Projects for a Lunar Eclipse

Here's all you need to know to help us measure the size of Earth's shadow during the total lunar eclipse on Jan. 20–21, 2019.

Smartphone-telescope bracket

Celestial Objects to Observe

Use Your Smartphone to Shoot a Solar Eclipse

If you can't resist taking pictures of the solar eclipse with your smartphone, read this first for tips to ensure quality pictures.

Diamond Ring

Astrophotography: Tips & Techniques

Tips for Photographing a Total Solar Eclipse

A total eclipse of the Sun is a spectacular sight. With a little preparation and advance planning, you can capture your own souvenir portrait of this awe-inspiring sight.

March 2016 total solar eclipse

Eclipses

Images to Inspire: Solar Eclipse Pictures

We've gathered some of the best pictures of past solar eclipses, total and partial, from our online photo gallery to serve as inspiration for your eclipse photography

Eclipses

Eclipse Photographer’s Checklist

For those photographing the August 21st eclipse, Fred Espenak shares his eclipse photography checklist.

Solar eclipse series

Celestial News & Events

What to Look For & When During a Total Solar Eclipse

Look for these astronomical and Earthbound phenomena during the total solar eclipse on August 21st.

Magnetic manifestations

Eclipses

Fun in the Sun: A White-Light Guide to Our Nearest Star

We examine the fascinating solar phenomena that anyone with a small scope and safe solar filter can see, whether the Sun's in eclipse or not.

Totality on October 27, 2004

Celestial Objects to Observe

Observing and Photographing Lunar Eclipses

Lunar eclipses are leisurely affairs — a pleasure to watch and photograph.

Celestial Objects to Observe

How to Safely See a Partial Solar Eclipse

Looking at the Sun is harmful to your eyes at any time, partial solar eclipse or no. Fortunately, there are many easy ways to watch the show safely.

partial solar eclipse

Celestial Objects to Observe

How to Photograph a Solar Eclipse

Learn how to photograph a partial solar eclipse using a safe solar filter.

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