Over 300 years in pictures spent staring at the sun.
Gabriel H. Sanchez
Posted on August 18, 2017, at 2:51 p.m. ET
This French watercolor from the late 17th century depicts a solar eclipse observed by a party of French Jesuits in Siam (now Thailand) in April 1688.
This 1836 print shows Chinese astronomers observing and measuring an eclipse of the sun using a telescope and other instruments.
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.
An illustration shows members of Nansen's Fram expedition making a solar eclipse observation from the North Pole on April 6, 1894.
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.
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.
Women observe the solar eclipse of April 8, 1921, in Paris.
City workers in London view a solar eclipse from their office roof on April 9, 1921.
A group of nurses watch a solar eclipse through special dark glasses in June 1927.
A crowd of people observe a solar eclipse from the grounds of Stonyhurst College in Lancashire, England, circa 1927.
Eclipse watchers squint through protective film as they view a partial eclipse of the sun from the top deck of New York's Empire State Building on Aug. 31, 1932.
President Herbert Hoover looks at the solar eclipse from the lawn near his office on Aug. 31, 1932.
Visitors of the Treptower astronomical observatory in Berlin witness a solar eclipse through a telescope in 1936.
Students at Sydney University protect their eyes from a total solar eclipse by looking through pieces of cardboard and film on Oct. 31, 1948.
A teacher instructs his students in London as they watch an eclipse of the sun in June 1954.
Students witness a solar eclipse in 1958.
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.
Students cluster around a projection screen rigged to a telescope in Aurora, Colorado, to witness a solar eclipse in 1970.
Ten separate exposures on a single frame show the phases of a partial solar eclipse in the sky over Washington, DC, on March 7, 1970.
Amateur astronomers view a solar eclipse at Griffith Park Observatory in Los Angeles on Jan. 1, 1994.
A Cambodian monk watches the beginning of a full solar eclipse with safety glasses on Oct. 24, 1995, during a total eclipse at Angkor Wat.
A woman views a total solar eclipse through filtered glasses in Isfahan, Iran, Aug. 9, 1999. In the background is the Imam Mosque.
Crowds gather with protective eyewear to witness a solar eclipse in Vauville, France, on Aug. 11, 1999.
Olivia Rayner, aged 8, and her dog Violet May are both seen wearing protective eyewear for the solar eclipse on Aug. 11, 1999.
Gabriel H. Sanchez is the photo essay editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York City.
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