Wonders in Space: #3 Solar Eclipse

Ron Recinto
Solar eclipse
An annular eclipse, during which the moon and the sun are directly aligned, occurred in May 2012. Six months later, a total eclipse of the sun was seen by millions throughout parts of the Earth. (Cathleen Allison/AP Photo)

In May, an annular solar eclipse—when the sun and moon are exactly in line—fascinated skygazers across the globe. A total eclipse followed in November. Taken together, the astronomical double feature generated scores of stunning photos.