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2008 Total Solar Eclipse

Photo Gallery A (Overview)

Photographs by Fred Espenak

2008 Aug 01 Total Solar Eclipse
2008 Total Solar Eclipse
A red prominence accompanies Baily's Beads as totality ends.
(T08-1149-1w.JPG) - click for larger image

The total solar eclipse of 2008 crossed central Asia. Northern China attracted many eclipse chasers because of its favorable weather prospects on the edge of the Gobi desert. NASA's 2008 total eclipse website has detailed predictions and maps of this remarkable event.

Gary Spears (Spears Travel) and I led an expedition to the northern China for the eclipse. Our August 1st rendezvous with the Moon's shadow took place in Gansu provence, just south of a small city named Jinta. There in the desert, our Chinese guide Xuebiao LIN and his staff had erected a wonderful observing site with shade canopies, a mess tent and a latrine.

I arrived at the location the day before the eclipse to make final preparations for our site and to unpack and set up my equipment. My primary telescopes were a Vixen 90mm f/9 fluorite refractor (fl=810mm) and a TeleVue Ranger 70mm f/6.8 (fl=480mm). A Nikon D300 (12.1 megapixel) and D200 (10.2 megapixel) DSLR's were attached to these instruments. The telescopes were bolted in tandem on an Orion Sky View equatorial mount.I also had five additional digital cameras and three video cameras.

Below is a small selection of photos obtained with this equipment from north China.

Blue Bar

Click on each image below to see a larger photo.

T08-1024n
Partial Eclipse
Magnitude=0.297
(T08-1024w)

Partial Eclipse - Magnitude = 0.297 (T08-1024w)

Nearly 1/3 of the Sun's diameter is eclipsed. (10:34 UT)

Total Solar Eclipse of 2008 Aug 01 (Jinta, CHINA)
Nikon D300 and Vixen 90mm f/9 Fluorite Refractor, 1/4000 second
Photo 2008 by Fred Espenak

T08-1037n
Partial Eclipse
Magnitude=0.506
(T08-1037w)

Partial Eclipse - Magnitude = 0.506 (T08-1037w)

About 1/2 of the Sun's diameter is eclipsed. (10:46 UT)

Total Solar Eclipse of 2008 Aug 01 (Jinta, CHINA)
Nikon D300 and Vixen 90mm f/9 Fluorite Refractor, 1/4000 second
Photo 2008 by Fred Espenak

T08-1048n
Partial Eclipse
Magnitude=0.701
(T08-1048w)

Partial Eclipse - Magnitude = 0.701 (T08-1048w)

Over 2/3 of the Sun's diameter is eclipsed. (10:57 UT)

Total Solar Eclipse of 2008 Aug 01 (Jinta, CHINA)
Nikon D300 and Vixen 90mm f/9 Fluorite Refractor, 1/4000 second
Photo 2008 by Fred Espenak

T08-1059n
Partial Eclipse
Magnitude=0.898
(T08-1059w)

Partial Eclipse - Magnitude = 0.898 (T08-1059w)

Six minutes before totality begins and nearly 90% of the Sun's diameter is eclipsed. (11:08 UT)

Total Solar Eclipse of 2008 Aug 01 (Jinta, CHINA)
Nikon D300 and Vixen 90mm f/9 Fluorite Refractor, 1/4000 second
Photo 2008 by Fred Espenak

T08-1065n
2nd Contact Diamond Ring
T - 20 seconds
(T08-1065w)

2nd Contact Diamond Ring: T - 20 seconds (T08-1065w)

2nd Contact Diamond Ring: 20 seconds before contact. (11:13:22 UT)

Total Solar Eclipse of 2008 Aug 01 (Jinta, CHINA)
Nikon D300 and Vixen 90mm f/9 Fluorite Refractor, 1/1000 second
Photo 2008 by Fred Espenak

T08-1086n
2nd Contact Diamond Ring
T - 4 seconds
(T08-1086w)

2nd Contact Diamond Ring: T - 4 seconds (T08-1086w)

2nd Contact Diamond Ring: 4 seconds before contact. (11:13:38 UT)

Total Solar Eclipse of 2008 Aug 01 (Jinta, CHINA)
Nikon D300 and Vixen 90mm f/9 Fluorite Refractor, 1/1000 second
Photo 2008 by Fred Espenak

T08-1090n
2nd Contact Beads
T - 2 seconds
(T08-1090w)

2nd Contact Beads: T - 2 seconds (T08-1090w)

2nd Contact Baily's Beads: 2 seconds before contact. (11:13:40 UT)

Total Solar Eclipse of 2008 Aug 01 (Jinta, CHINA)
Nikon D300 and Vixen 90mm f/9 Fluorite Refractor, 1/1000 second
Photo 2008 by Fred Espenak

T08-1092n
2nd Contact Beads
T - 1 second
(T08-1092w)

2nd Contact Beads: T - 1 second (T08-1092w)

2nd Contact Baily's Beads: 1 second before contact. (11:13:41 UT)

Total Solar Eclipse of 2008 Aug 01 (Jinta, CHINA)
Nikon D300 and Vixen 90mm f/9 Fluorite Refractor, 1/1000 second
Photo 2008 by Fred Espenak

T08-1121n
Inner Corona
(T08-1121w)

Inner Corona (T08-1121w)

Inner Corona (11:14:12 UT)

Total Solar Eclipse of 2008 Aug 01 (Jinta, CHINA)
Nikon D300 and Vixen 90mm f/9 Fluorite Refractor, 1/125 second
Photo 2008 by Fred Espenak

T08-1123n
Middle Corona
(T08-1123w)

Middle Corona (T08-1123w)

Middle Corona (11:14:13 UT)

Total Solar Eclipse of 2008 Aug 01 (Jinta, CHINA)
Nikon D300 and Vixen 90mm f/9 Fluorite Refractor, 1/30 second
Photo 2008 by Fred Espenak

T08-1126n
Outer Corona
(T08-1126w)

Outer Corona (T08-1126w)

Outer Corona (11:14:15 UT)

Total Solar Eclipse of 2008 Aug 01 (Jinta, CHINA)
Nikon D300 and Vixen 90mm f/9 Fluorite Refractor, 1/4 second
Photo 2008 by Fred Espenak

T08-1128-37n
Far Outer Corona
(T08-1128-37w)

Far Outer Corona (T08-1128-37w)

Features on the dark side of the Moon are visible in a long exposure of the far outer corona. (11:14:16 UT)

Total Solar Eclipse of 2008 Aug 01 (Jinta, CHINA)
Nikon D300 and Vixen 90mm f/9 Fluorite Refractor, 1 second
Photo 2008 by Fred Espenak

T08-1147n
3rd Contact Beads
T + 1 second
(T08-1147w)

3rd Contact Beads: T + 1 second (T08-1147w)

Baily's Beads at 3rd Contact: 1 second after contact. (11:15:22 UT)

Total Solar Eclipse of 2008 Aug 01 (Jinta, CHINA)
Nikon D300 and Vixen 90mm f/9 Fluorite Refractor, 1/1000 second
Photo 2008 by Fred Espenak

T08-1149n
3rd Contact Beads
T + 2 seconds
(T08-1149w)

3rd Contact Beads: T + 2 seconds (T08-1149w)

Baily's Beads at 3rd Contact: 2 seconds after contact. (11:15:23 UT)

Total Solar Eclipse of 2008 Aug 01 (Jinta, CHINA)
Nikon D300 and Vixen 90mm f/9 Fluorite Refractor, 1/1000 second
Photo 2008 by Fred Espenak

T08-1170n
3rd Contact Diamond Ring
T + 13 seconds
(T08-1170w)

3rd Contact Diamond Ring: T + 13 seconds (T08-1170w)

Diamond Ring at 3rd Contact: 13 seconds aftre contact. (11:15:34 UT)

Total Solar Eclipse of 2008 Aug 01 (Jinta, CHINA)
Nikon D300 and Vixen 90mm f/9 Fluorite Refractor, 1/1000 second
Photo 2008 by Fred Espenak

T08-1180n
3rd Contact Diamond Ring
T + 20 seconds
(T08-1180w)

3rd Contact Diamond Ring: T + 20 seconds (T08-1180w)

Diamond Ring at 3rd Contact: 20 seconds aftre contact. (11:15:41 UT)

Total Solar Eclipse of 2008 Aug 01 (Jinta, CHINA)
Nikon D300 and Vixen 90mm f/9 Fluorite Refractor, 1/1000 second
Photo 2008 by Fred Espenak

T08-1189n
Partial Eclipse
Magnitude=0.898
(T08-1189w)

Partial Eclipse - Magnitude = 0.898 (T08-1189w)

Nearly 90% of the Sun's diameter is still eclipsed. (11:21 UT)

Total Solar Eclipse of 2008 Aug 01 (Jinta, CHINA)
Nikon D300 and Vixen 90mm f/9 Fluorite Refractor, 1/4000 second
Photo 2008 by Fred Espenak

T08-1200n
Partial Eclipse
Magnitude=0.694
(T08-1200w)

Partial Eclipse - Magnitude = 0.694 (T08-1200w)

Over 2/3 of the Sun's diameter is still eclipsed. (11:32 UT)

Total Solar Eclipse of 2008 Aug 01 (Jinta, CHINA)
Nikon D300 and Vixen 90mm f/9 Fluorite Refractor, 1/4000 second
Photo 2008 by Fred Espenak

T08-1210n
Partial Eclipse
Magnitude=0.506
(T08-1210w)

Partial Eclipse - Magnitude = 0.506 (T08-1210w)

About 1/2 of the Sun's diameter is visible. (11:42 UT)

Total Solar Eclipse of 2008 Aug 01 (Jinta, CHINA)
Nikon D300 and Vixen 90mm f/9 Fluorite Refractor, 1/4000 second
Photo 2008 by Fred Espenak

T08-1221n
Partial Eclipse
Magnitude=0.297
(T08-1221w)

Partial Eclipse - Magnitude = 0.297 (T08-1221w)

About 1/3 of the Sun's diameter remains eclipsed. (11:53 UT)

Total Solar Eclipse of 2008 Aug 01 (Jinta, CHINA)
Nikon D300 and Vixen 90mm f/9 Fluorite Refractor, 1/4000 second
Photo 2008 by Fred Espenak



Solar Eclipse Photographs

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