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24 Incredible Pictures Of Solar Eclipses Through History

Over 300 years in pictures spent staring at the sun.

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This painting by Johann Christian Schoeller, titled "The Total Eclipse of the Sun," depicts the scene in Vienna, Austria, during the July 8, 1842, solar eclipse.

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People gaze upwards, aligning cameras and optical equipment, toward a total eclipse of the sun in the Parisian suburb of St. Germain-en-Laye on April 17, 1912.

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A crowd in a California town observes the total eclipse of the sun that occurred in September 1923. The last total solar eclipse in any part of the country before this was in 1918.

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Students at Sydney University protect their eyes from a total solar eclipse by looking through pieces of cardboard and film on Oct. 31, 1948.

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Fifth-grade students from Emerson Elementary School in Maywood, Illinois, place cardboard boxes over their heads to shield their eyes from the sun in 1963.

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