2017 December 7
All the Eclipses of 2017
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As seen from
planet Earth, all the lunar and solar eclipses of 2017
are represented at the same scale in these four panels.
The year's celestial shadow play was followed through
four different countries by one adventurous eclipse chaser.
To kick off the eclipse season, at top left February's Full
was captured from the Czech Republic.
Its subtle shading,
a penumbral lunar eclipse, is due to Earth's
lighter outer shadow.
Later that month the New Moon at top right was surrounded
by a ring of fire, recorded
film from Argentina near the midpoint of striking
annular solar eclipse.
The August eclipse pairing below finds the Earth's
dark umbral shadow in
a partial eclipse from Germany at left, and the vibrant solar corona
surrounding a totally eclipsed Sun from
the western USA.
If you're keeping score, the
Saros numbers (eclipse cycles)
for all the 2017 eclipses are at bottom left in each panel.