Saturday, August 19, 2017
From cold, clear skies over Riverton, Manitoba, Canada, planet Earth, the solar corona surrounds the silhouette of the New Moon in this telescopic snapshot of the total solar eclipse of February 26, 1979. Thirty eight years ago, it was the last total solar eclipse visible from the contiguous United States. The narrow path of totality ran through the northwestern states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and North Dakota before crossing into Canadian provinces Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec. Following the upcoming August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse crossing the U.S. from coast to coast, an annular solar eclipse will be seen in the continental United States on October 14, 2023, visible along a route from Northern California to Florida. Then, the next total solar eclipse to touch the continental U.S. will track across 13 states from from Texas to Maine on April 8, 2024.
Two days before its lead role in the Great American Eclipse of 2017 , the Moon made a fine appearance in the pre-dawn skies of Wyoming alongside morning planet Venus. Wildfire smoke in western American skies add a ruddy color to the atmosphere.
Two mornings later the shadow of the New Moon will race diagonally across Wyoming. Centerline of totality is 125 miles south of my town of Cody.
Exposure for this photo was 2 seconds at f/2.8 at ISO 1600 using a 30 year old manual focus Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 lens on a Nikon D5300 dslr.