Solar and lunar eclipses are spectacular sights. The shadow of Earth sweeping across the Moon, illuminating its grey surface in a blood red is breathtaking. But nothing quite compares to watching the Moon slowly eclipse the Sun until the its black disk is set against the ghostly white corona.

Below you’ll find what you need to plan how to take eclipse photographs, image sequences, and time-lapse videos. We can also help you peer at these sights safely and even provide class project ideas if you want to make the most out of your eclipse time.

You can also check our news section for information on upcoming visible eclipses, including the total solar eclipse visible across North America in 2017.

Diamond of Three Rings

A total solar eclipse offers the most spectacular of jewels, the diamond ring, as the Moon blocks all but a small part of the Sun's brilliance.

Total Solar Eclipse over Easter Island

Solar and Lunar Eclipses in 2017

It won't be a great year for lunar eclipses, with a deep penumbral event on February 11th and a partial on August 7th. But an annular solar eclipse is observable from the Southern Hemisphere on February 26th, and a total solar eclipse crosses the continental U.S. on August 21st.