When we saw these amazing Solar Eclipse Photos over at My Modern Metropolis we were — pardon our pun — dazzled! If you happened to look up into the sky last night, you may have witnessed an annular solar eclipse, when the moon does not completely block the sun, but leaves a fiery ring around its circumference. The phenomenon, also known as the Ring of Fire, was only visible from certain parts of the world – the Chinese coast, northern Taiwan, the south of Japan, and the western United States. For American skywatchers this was particularly signifiant since it marked the first time in 18 years that an annular solar eclipse could be seen from the United States!
Of course, photographers came out in full force looking to document this momentous event and here are some picks (picked by My Modern Metropolis) for the most spectacular solar eclipse photos taken in 2012 which includes some magnificent composite shots at the end. Enjoy!
Machida, on the outskirts of Tokyo (AP/Itsuo Inouye)
Rocky Mountains, seen from downtown Denver, Colorado (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Monument Valley Tribal Park in Utah (Reuters/Gene Blevins)
Taipei, Taiwan (AP/Wally Santana)
Hirai Daini Elementary School in Tokyo (Reuters/Issei Kato)
Gardnerville, Nevada (AP/Cathleen Allison)
Central Point, Oregon (Louis Ruth)
Kasanui, Japan (Miyamoto Y)
Tokyo, Japan (Kim Nilsson)
Mt Shasta, California (Randall enton)
Tokyo, Japan (Yoshihiro Sekine)