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Eclipse Animations

Below are links to eclipse animations which show views of solar and lunar eclipses as seen from various viewpoints.  They were created by Don Davis under contract to Rice University, paid for by the NASA’s Heliophysics Education Consortium, and are copyright Rice University.

Note that these are not real images but animations based on actual images and eclipse photography, created in response to a planetarium user survey. To get onto our Eclipse 2017 mailing list, and receive notices when these are updated, go to our signup page.

Animations are available in fisheye and prewarped formats for planetarium use and in flatscreen versions for schools, museums and the media. Higher-resolution versions are available on request, and are free except for media and shipping and handling.  Animations and frame sets can be used in local shows only. To download the full-resolution versions, and obtain licenses for using the animations or frames in shows to be distributed, contact Patricia Reiff <reiff@rice.edu>.


Animations (preview sized)

Eclipse Geometry
Shows the geometry of solar and lunar eclipses


720x720 fisheye MP4 (vocal)


1280x720 flat MP4 (vocal)

Baily’s beads
Zoom-in of Baily’s beads just before totality


720x720 fisheye MP4 (vocal)


1280x720 flat MP4 (vocal)

Solar Eclipse from Earth
Zoom-in of partial to total solar eclipse including diamond ring


720x720 fisheye MP4 (vocal)


1280x720 flat MP4 (vocal)

Solar Eclipse from Orbit
View of the shadow of the Moon crossing the Earth’s surface as might be seen from a spacecraft in Earth orbit


720x720 fisheye MP4 (vocal)


1280x720 flat MP4 (vocal)

Solar Eclipse from Moon
View of the Earth during a solar eclipse as seen from the Moon. The lunar surface is darkened temporarily because of the reduction in "Earthshine"


720x720 fisheye MP4 (vocal)


1280x720 flat MP4 (vocal)

Lunar Eclipse From Earth
Shows the Earth’s shadow crossing the full moon. Both partial and full phases of the lunar eclipse are seen


720x720 fisheye MP4 (vocal)


1280x720 flat MP4 (vocal)

Lunar Eclipse from Moon
View from the lunar surface as the Earth passes in front of the Sun. This would be a total LUNAR eclipse as observed from Earth, but a total SOLAR eclipse for someone on the moon.


720x720 fisheye MP4 (vocal)


1280x720 flat MP4 (vocal)