The moon winked through a thin veil of clouds during the first half of the

but as totality ended – and we began the shortest day of the year – clear skies prevailed.

To learn more about what the eclipse can tell scientists about the atmosphere, and naturally, to see more photos, head to spaceweather.com.

Photographed in Palmer, Alaska with a Nikon D700 and an absolutely ancient 300mm/f4 lens.