Blast from the past

Before the age of digital cameras and image hosting websites and the spread of the Internet, eclipses were harder to share.

Here’s a rare shot of the 11 July 1991 total solar eclipse over the Pacific Ocean and Hawaii moving across Mexico, through Central America and across South America.

Photo: Mario Roberto Duran Ortiz

The 1991 total eclipse lasted an incredible 6 minutes and 53 seconds — even longer than the solar eclipse of the century on 22 July 2009 which will last 6 minutes 39 seconds.

But the good thing about this month’s eclipse is — you won’t have to miss it. It will be streamed “live” on

If that’s not good enough, there’s a Hi-Definition version. But you’ll have to leave a comment or message here to find out how.


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