The 2017 total solar eclipse

Many members and friends travelled to the USA to observe the eclipse, while others stayed home in a rather cloudy UK. We have posted a selection of images of the eclipse below, and are grateful to all who have allowed us to share their observations. We’d encourage members to continue to share their images and reports through their BAA Member Page.

Totality over Idaho, Steve Harvey (August 21 2017)
Totality over Tryon, Nebraska, Nick James (August 21 2017)


Totality over Tryon (above), Nebraska, Nick James



A partial eclipse as viewed from Burghead, Moray in Scotland by Alan C Tough

Drawing of the eclipse at totality by Paul G. Abel; 2017 August 21st, approx 11:34 MDT, Menan Buttes, Idaho, USA.

Had clear blue sky for this morning’s eclipse. Observed it on the roadside a few miles north of Corvallis, Oregon. A small crowd had gathered there, including at least six Brits. Nice to enjoy the event in pleasant company.  Now heading further down the Oregon coast, which is very scenic. 
Dr Roy Gretton, Vice President and Journal Editor, Nottingham Astronomical Society.

A series of images throughout the eclipse captured from Menan Buttes, Idaho; James West

Raoul Van Eijndhoven observing the eclipse from Faringdon, Oxfordshire

Eclipse from Faringdon, Oxon. Taken at 8:02pm. Raoul Van Eijndhoven.


Totality, imaged by Damian Peach, Hodges, South Carolina.

Damian Peach, in Hodges, South Carolina

Wonderful view of the eclipse in cloudless skies from Snake River Ranch, Wilson just north of Jackson, Wyoming. The views of the Teton Range to the west of us were also truly spectacular.

We had 220 people on site including many BAA members. I agree with Mike Frost about the shadow bands – a really clear display both before and after totality.

The coronal streamers were glorious and there were some nice prominences too.

Baily’s Beads lingered at 2nd contact. The diamond ring at 3rd contact was brief but spectacular.

Dr. John Mason, Director of the BAA Meteor Section

The diamond ring, taken from Snake River, Wilson, Wyoming; John Mason

Partial solar eclipse with Sunspot Group 2671; taken by Jack Liu, Silicon Valley, California

Totality by Paul Droubay, Bryson City, North Carolina.
The "diamond ring" captured by Paul Droubay, Bryson City, North Carolina.


Multiple impressions of the partial eclipse created by the leaves of a tree in Southern California; Dave Barrows

Series of images of the partial eclipse as viewed from South Devon, John Baker

Great view of the eclipse from the Snake River/Burnt River confluence on the Oregon/Idaho border. Cloudless; a little hazy, otherwise ideal conditions. The shadow bands were staggering, clear for well over a minute before 2nd and after 3rd contact, overwhelming close to totality (they were better even than Svalbard which was my benchmark for this aspect of eclipses)

Mike Frost, Director of the BAA Historical Section

Partial solar eclipse imaged by Frazer Hockey from Poole, Dorset


Four images taken by Callum Potter from Long Creek, Oregon


Image of the partial solar eclipse taken from New York City using the clouds as a natural filter, Mitchell Schneider


A series of images of the eclipse taken in Utah by Christopher Go 


A series of images of the eclipse as viewed from Chatham, Ontario, Canada by Andy Deane


We saw shadow bands and did some colander and Newbury Astronomical Society pinhole photography in Monmouth, Oregon. Party from Newbury: Nicky Fleet, Richard Fleet and Steve Knight  (who supplied these six great images above)


Partial eclipse as viewed from Perranporth, Cornwall; Julie Plank Pearl

Baily’s Beads during the eclipse, captured by Philippe Lopez near Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Composite sequence of the eclipse as seen from Menan Buttes, Idaho; James West


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