Temple of the Moon

Eclipses

Plan Ahead for the 2023 Annular Solar Eclipse — and a Visit to Dark Sky Parks

If today’s solar eclipse has you wondering when the next one will cross the continent, start planning now for a stellar trip around October 14, 2023.

Annular eclipse

Celestial News & Events

A Sunrise Annular Solar Eclipse

Even if you're not in the path of annularity during the June 10th solar eclipse, get ready for a sunrise spectacle.

Explore the Night with Bob King

Dawn Delight: Catch the Total Lunar Eclipse on May 26th

On May 26th the Moon will be in total eclipse for the first time in nearly two and a half years. While timing favors western North America, a partial eclipse will be visible across much of the U.S. and Canada at dawn.

Lunar craters for timing

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.

Total lunar eclipse path on May 26, 2021

Celestial Objects to Observe

Solar and Lunar Eclipses in 2021

Four eclipses occur in 2021, with annular and total solar eclipses alternating between total and not-quite-total lunar eclipses.

Totality on August 21, 2017

Eclipses

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.

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.

Eclipses

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.

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

Celestial Objects to Observe

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

Celestial Objects to Observe

Eclipse Photographer’s Checklist

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

Solar eclipse series

Celestial Objects to Observe

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

Explore the Night with Bob King

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.

May 1994's partial solar eclipse

Eclipses

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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