Last Solar Eclipse Of 2018 Shines In These Awesome Photos

- Jul 03, 2019-


Nearly a year after the Great American Total Solar Eclipse put on a show for millions of skywatchers across the U.S., the moon again made its way in front of the sun for viewers in a different part of the world.

The partial solar eclipse on Saturday (Aug. 11) was the third and final solar eclipse of 2018, and it was visible from most of Asia, northern Europe, Greenland and parts of Canada. Unlike the total solar eclipse of Aug. 21, 2017, when the moon completely blocked the sun, the moon only covered up a portion of the sun's disk today. [Amazing Solar Eclipse Pictures from Around the World] 

In northeastern Siberia, astrophotograher Xavier Jubier watched the eclipse from a hotel rooftop in the city of Yakutsk, Russia. Jubier traveled solo more than 4,200 miles (6,800 kilometers) from Paris, France to see the eclipse, he told in an email. In Yakutsk, the maximum eclipse occurred at 7:14 p.m. local time (1014 GMT), when the moon was covering about 57 percent of the sun. The eclipse ended at 8 p.m. local time, about half an hour before sunset. 

Jubier said he plans to return to Siberia for the next partial solar eclipse on Jan. 6, 2019. "My father should join me, plus maybe a few more people, provided they're ready for a true and unique adventure," he said. You can see more of Jubier's photos of Saturday's eclipse on his Facebook page.


From Stornoway, Ireland, astrophotographer Giuseppe Petricca experienced a far less dramatic eclipse. There, the moon took a much smaller bite out of the sun's disk, covering only about 3-4 percent of it during its maximum at 9:40 a.m. local time (0840 GMT). The moon created "a small but suggestive dent on the visible surface of our star," Petricca told in an email. "Even if this small, it's always fantastic to be able to observe such astronomical events."

A little farther north in Sweden, photographer Christofer Döss of Spaceflash News tweeted one of his photos of the eclipse at Petricca. "The moon took a little bit bigger bite out of the sun up here in Sweden," Spaceflash News tweeted. In northern Sweden, where he captured the photo, the moon was covering about 15 percent of the sun's disk.