Satellites Spy 2017 Solar Eclipse from Space (Videos)

While a long, slight swath of a United States was treated to a sum solar obscure on Monday (Aug. 21), several opposite spacecraft prisoner views of a partially blocked sun.


NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) satellite available imagery in mixed wavelengths of light, as a following video shows:

The European Space Agency’s Proba-2 satellite, that orbits Earth 14.5 times each day, celebrated a prejudiced obscure 3 times on Aug. 21 (just as astronauts aboard a International Space Station did), gaining several opposite perspectives of a event:

And a Hinode satellite — a corner goal of a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, NASA and other partners — prisoner imagery of a obscure as well, that we can see looped here:

Monday’s eclipse was a many expected skywatching eventuality in decades. The 70-mile-wide (113 kilometers) “path of totality” ran by 14 states, from Oregon to South Carolina, imprinting a initial time given 1918 that a sum solar obscure had left seashore to seashore opposite a whole U.S. mainland. And no sum solar obscure had been manifest from any prejudiced of a constant 48 states given 1979.

Weather permitting, everybody in North America outward a trail of assemblage saw a prejudiced solar obscure Monday, as did observers in Central America, a Caribbean, northern South America, and tools of western Africa and Europe.

And everybody with an Internet tie had a possibility to see totality, interjection to a accumulation of live webcasts. Many people tuned in; Monday’s obscure shattered NASA’s web-traffic record, group officials said.

Note: Space.com comparison producer Steve Spaleta contributed to this report.

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