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The Most Stunning Photos of the Solar Eclipse

July 28, 1851 for the first time in the world was photographed a total solar eclipse. Many people know that a solar eclipse occurs when the moon is between the Earth and the Sun, and for a few moments, blocking it from observers. However, the phenomenon is still somewhat mystical character and each year causes millions of admiring spectators around the world to gather and watch with bated breath for the magic of nature.

In this collection we have gathered the most outstanding photos of solar eclipses and their observers, taken over the past few years in various parts of the world.

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1. The total solar eclipse, also called “ring of fire” in the sky over Australia.

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2. Thai students observe a partial eclipse through special glasses filters, Bangkok, January 26, 2009. (AP / Apichart Weerawong)

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3. Solar eclipse of August 1, 2008 over the Great Wall of China. (Telegraph / Reuters)

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4. Shooting in taymlaps solar eclipse over Australia, 2012 (Photo by Ben Cooper)

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5. A partial solar eclipse of May 20, 2012 in the skies over Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.

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6. Solar eclipse of July 11, 2011, observed from aboard a cruise ship in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

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7. Solar eclipse on the screen telescope, May 10, 2013, the Observatory Hill, Sydney, Australia. (REUTERS / David Gray)

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8. Sun, partially closed shadow of the moon in the sky over Manila, Philippines, January 26, 2009.

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9. Partial solar eclipse observed in Austria, January 4, 2011. (Photo by Robert Pölzl)

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10. Young Buddhists of Myanmar watching a solar eclipse in Yangon January 26, 2009. (AP / Khin Maung Win)

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11. Translation of the eclipse from the top of Mount Fuji in Japan, organized by Panasonic.

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12. The total solar eclipse observed from the beach Ellis Beach, Queensland, Australia, November 14, 2012.

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13. A partial solar eclipse of January 4, 2011, shot in northern France. (PHILIPPE HUGUEN / AFP / Getty Images)

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