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Ben Domensino, 09 Apr 2024, 12:31 AM UTC

Satellites and astronauts capture stunning solar eclipse

Satellites and astronauts capture stunning solar eclipse

Satellites and astronauts have captured the shadow of the Moon darting across Earth’s surface during Monday’s spectacular solar eclipse.

A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, causing the Moon’s shadow to pass over the Sun-oriented face of our planet. For those lucky enough to be directly in the path of the Moon’s shadow during a total solar eclipse, day turns to night, the temperature drops, and a 360-degree ‘sunset’ appears across the entire horizon.



Images: A solar eclipse occurring in Vermont, USA on April 8, 2024. Source: @awdrummond / Instagram

The video below shows the total solar eclipse reaching totality in Mazatlán, Mexico on Monday, April 8, 2024, as the Moon’s shadow begun its journey across parts of Mexico, the United States and Canada.

There is no doubt that Monday’s total solar eclipse was a spectacular phenomenon to watch from the ground. However, it was also an incredible sight from above.

The GOES-16 geostationary satellite captured a sequence of images showing the Moon’s shadow darting across Earth’s surface on Monday. The Moon’s shadow can be seen moving from southwest to northeast, starting in the Pacific Ocean before crossing Mexico, the United States and Canada, then fading out over the Atlantic Ocean.

Videos: GOES-16 satellite images showing the total solar eclipse on Monday, April 8, 2024. Source: RAMMB-CIRA

Astronauts on the International Space Station also captured captivating vision of the Moon’s shadow passing over Earth’s surface on Monday.

A similar view of the Moon’s shadow was captured by a camera on one of SpaceX’s Starlink satellites.

The next three total solar eclipses will occur in 2026, 2027 and 2028, with the 2028 eclipse to be visible from parts of Australia.

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