Rare Eclipse Dazzles Africa
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A partial solar eclipse is seen in Dakar, capital of Senegal, on Nov. 3, 2013.
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May 21, 2012 --
A solar eclipse dazzled viewers from China to the United States on Sunday (May 20). An annular solar eclipse, where the moon does not completely block the sun but leaves a fiery ring around its circumference, was seen across the Pacific Ocean -- from dawn (Monday) for Asia, late afternoon to early evening (Sunday) for the U.S. At its peak, the moon covered roughly 94 percent of the sun's light. The eclipse was first visible in East Asia before crossing the northern Pacific Ocean. The following images are from our Tumblr and Twitter followers. Here, from Tumblr follower 011235813213455 is the eclipse as seen over Saitama, Japan; 9:32 Local Time.
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Idaho "Eclipse Over Idaho" From Tumblr goldfish diaries
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Gilbert Arizona Solar eclipse in Gilbert, AZ as seen through a Fox 10 News camera. From Tumblr The Next Shot
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California Via Twitter, by Ivy Deliz, from Sunnyvale, Calif.
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California Via Twitter, by Chris Callanan, from Folsom, Calif. "Progression of the eclipse ... The extra images you see I believe are caused by the stack of 3 filters." See the full-resolution version on Flickr.
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Reno, Nevada From Tumblr Wykdquick "It may be low quality, but I figured you'd want to see the eclipse over Reno. NV."
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Texas Via Twitter, Jim Bricker and Simon Taghioff took this photograph of the eclipse at annuality from Dallas, Texas. For the full set of photos, see Jim Bricker's Facebook page.
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Eclipse Shadows in California Credit: From Tumblr Thirteenstiel
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San Antonio Texas From Tumblr Anything Not Moving Forward Is Moving Backward "The eclipse today over San Antonio, TX. The greenish color is coming from my dad's welding mask which I placed in front of my dslr."
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California Space producer Ian O'Neill grabs a shot of the eclipse from Zuma Beach, Malibu, Calif.
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California Space producer Ian O'Neill grabs a shot of the eclipse from Zuma Beach, Malibu, Calif. Using a Nikon Coolpix L24 plus eclipse shades purchased from Astronomers Without Borders.
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Illinois Via Twitter, by Jeremy S., from Illinois.
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Canada Via Twitter, by Neil Zeller, from Calgary, Canada.
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South Texas From Tumblr Limeslide "The sun set before the final phase! Oh well. Taken from McAllen, Texas! :) What are those two heavenly bodies besides the sun?"
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California Pat Jackson-Colando captured this photo of the eclipse caught in coastal fog in Irvine, Calif.
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Plymouth, Nebraska Submitted through Tumblr. "Solar eclipse in Plymouth, NE taken through welding glass. Photo by Erik Pearson."
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Streaming Over the Web Via Twitter, by Suzanne Gillen, from Washington D.C. "iEclipse - Ring of Fire of Solar Eclipse taken as I watched on iPad in DC"
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Eclipse Shadows in California Lisa Strong snapped this photograph of the eclipse as seen in projections cast by leaves.
Despite rain and overcast skies residents of southern Gabon got a glimpse Sunday of a total eclipse of the sun, a rare phenomenon also visible in eastern Africa.
"I saw a black disc progressively cover the sun. It's magnificent," said Clarence Diledou, who lives of the port town of Port-Gentil.
"But unfortunately the bad weather spoiled the party a bit."
The west African nation got peak viewing of the total eclipse as it swept over a path nearly 60 kilometers (37 miles) wide.
At its peak over land in central Gabon, the sun was blocked out for about a minute.
Weather permitting, partial phases of the eclipse were also visible in southern Europe and in the eastern United States.
In Port-Gentil, families gathered together for the occasion along the sea front, facing the sun.
Like many in the town, Diledou used special glasses distributed by authorities to watch the rare event.
Those who did not have any came up with imaginative solutions, among them Pauline Koumba, who put a bowl of water in her courtyard and watched the reflected eclipse.
"I saw the brief passage of the eclipse in my bowl. But it was over quickly and the black clouds spoiled the effect," she said.
Families also gathered in the capital Libreville, where the eclipse was less spectacular, but where the skies darkened noticeably for about half an hour from 1330 GMT.
It then continued across Africa, passing through northern Uganda and northern Kenya, although overcast skies marred the effect.
Experts say a safe way to view an eclipse is by making a pinhole camera -- piercing a tiny hole in a piece of paper then turning your back to the sun and using the pierced page to project the image of the sun on another sheet of paper.